WRITING TIP: Follow what has energy. You don’t need to know why.

freewritingLike life, freewriting can seem chaotic and overabundant, but go through a pile of them, underline the gems, and you will find recurring themes, notions and obsessions. These are the subject areas that have energy for you. You don’t have to justify them — just follow them without thinking too much about it. Get the intellect involved and you’ll soon be overwhelmed by all the worthy possibilities, both in your freewrites and in your life. In his book Steal Like an Artist, Austin Kleon said it well: “In this age of information abundance and overload, those who get ahead will be the folks who figure out what to leave out so they can concentrate on what’s really important to them. Nothing is more paralyzing than the idea of limitless possibilities.”