I’ve been reading Mark Levy’s, Accidental Genius, it’s mainly about his idea creation technique called, “freewriting.” I’ve loved the book so far because it’s been describing what I’ve been doing for a few years and I’ve always felt like it really wasn’t writing because it was polished. Freewriting is what I and other people like David Allen describe as brain dumping. Is the concept revolutionary? I don’t think so. A few years ago, I read about brain dumps from David Allen’s, Getting Things Done, and about daily pages in the Artist’s Way, but I feel like Mark is the main person to popularize freewriting by actually laying out a set of rules, examples, and practice problems. Accidental Genius is a road map to freewriting. It’s helped to reinforce my belief in what I was already practicing on a daily basis.
This book has made me think about how the freewriting concept can be applied to all areas of your life. Earl Nightingale has a great quote about this in one of my favorite audiobook, Lead The Field, “Keep doing something poorly until you learn to do it well.” That’s what freewriting helps me do everyday. If I sat down every day hoping to create prose like Hemingway or Fitzgerald then I’d spend a lot of frustrating time staring at a blank page. The only way to get better is to do it everyday.
This is the approach I’ve taken to most of the recent projects in my life whether it’s writing, running, coding, speaking, or practicing gratitude. I try to do a little work everyday, maybe it could be called, freeliving
I’m going to break this post into a little miniseries about the areas of my life I’ve incorporated the freeliving mentality and how it’s allowed me to accomplish my goals. Next week, freerunning.