How to Think and Ruin Your Word Flow Progress

How to Think and Ruin Your Word Flow Progress

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Thinking too much hinders word flow progress. Words follow creative streams. When those creative streams become hemmed up by boulders of thought, the words become hemmed up as well. Get the thoughts out of the way to make the words happen.

Let it Flow

“How can you work with the T.V. on,” my husband asked me. Curiosity didn’t drive the question. Annoyance made it happen. My multi-tasking superpower often annoys my husband.

“I don’t think about it. I just write.”

I’m pretty sure he appreciated my answer even less than he admired my ability to write while the T.V. is on. His only response was the sound of his eyes rolling in his head.

It is the truth. I can write in the middle of noise and chaos because I don’t think about the words I’m hearing or the words I’m writing. I just write. I let the words flow free from limitations. I don’t even worry about spelling or grammar.

Sometimes, the words flow so fast my hand can’t keep up. It results in chicken scratch (or kitchen scratch before the editing process). The incomprehensible markings take a team of operatives to decipher.

Trust me, it’s happened.

ME (yelling across the house): Hey, someone come here. What does this say?

SON 1: That’s a word? Hey Dad, come see this.

HUBBY: Are you sure that’s a word?

SON 2: That looks like it might be an h.

SON 3: Wow! Just wow!

That one particular deciphering meeting lasted almost an hour. We still don’t know what the word might have been. I ended up re-writing the whole part. That’s what the re-writes are for, to find those chaotic, “kitchen scratch” moments, and clean them up.

Letting the words flow free might create some first draft messes, but it also makes room for amazing things to happen.

Stop Thinking So Much

  • Thinking about the perfect first line keeps you from starting your story. Just start telling the story, and if the perfect line shows up then go back an fill it in. If not, you’ll find it during the many re-writes ahead.
  • Thinking about how others will react or respond to what words you are crafting slows down your willingness to share. You have to be willing to reveal your heart if you are going to be in a position to touch a heart. There will always be someone who doesn’t appreciate your words and there will always be someone who is better because you dared to share.
  • Thinking about the perfect ending trips up the middles. Tell your story until you are done telling your story. Work the rest out after you’ve writing the last sentence of that first draft.

  • Thinking about the details halts the progress necessary for getting the writing done. Keep it simple. If you have pieces of the details but not the full expansion, write those down on note cards and address them during the rewrites.

Your story can’t be told until you let the words go. The more you try to craft perfection the more you will struggle. Stop thinking so much and set the words free. Thinking too much will ruin your word flow progress.

Now it’s your turn. How does thinking too much get in your way? Do you have any tips for making word flow happen?



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