WRITING TIP: Slip into the masterpiece

freewritingBeing on top of our game sounds like a good thing, but it means that we are staying with the familiar, with something we’ve done before. For something new and innovative to come in, we need to leave our usual pathways and methods, risk feeling awkward and lost and unsure of what we’re doing. In other words, we have to give up control. Freewriting can help break open the tried-and-true world by giving us the space to simply allow things to come without plan or censor. With mind off the result, new doors can open that we didn’t know were there. As Leonard Cohen puts it: “You lose your grip, and then you slip/Into the masterpiece.”