Anthologies Online          

      http://www.anthologiesonline.com/      Welcome to the Writing Site with an Emphasis on Anthologies

 

 

Writers: Subscribe and send in your brief bio and your best writing sample (up to 1200      words total) to apply to become a featured writer. Find free articles and markets to help you get published.  Readers: Find your favorite authors, anthologies, and other books.

  Editors, send in your calls for manuscripts. Find writers and manuscripts to fill your anthologies.

 

 This website is best viewed in IE

AO Homepage
Subscribe
Amy Lou Jenkins
Writers Wanted
Messageboard
How to Write
Articles
Anthologies
Table of Contents
Contact AO
Writing Magazines
About Contests
Search
Featured Authors
Free reprint articles
Amy Lou Jenkins is the award-winning author of Every Natural Fact: Five Seasons of Open-Air Parenting

"If you combined the lyricism of Annie Dillard, the vision of Aldo Leopold, and the gentle but tough-minded optimism of Frank McCourt, you might come close to Amy Lou Jenkins.Tom Bissell author of The Father of All Things 

"Sentence by sentence, a joy to read."   Phillip Lopate, Author of Waterfront

Follow AmyLouToYou on Twitter

 
 
 

Anthologies online participates in various affiliate programs and most links to books and products in articles/anthologies/author or any page offer some referral payment, pay for click or other reimbursement. The payment is generally pennies per click or purchase. Anthologies online also runs paid ads.The Anthologiesonline web site and newsletter are provided on an "as is" basis without any warranties of any kind and disclaim all warranties, including the warranty of merchantability, non-infringement of third parties' rights, and the warranty of fitness for particular purpose. No person or organization makes any warranties about the accuracy, reliability, completeness, or timeliness of the material, services, software text, graphics and links.  Any communication is generally considered to be nonconfidential. See Privacy Policy.

 

  Susan G. Komen Shop for the Cure


BOOSTING YOUR CREATIVITY
Having fun with clustering and nonlinear outlining
By D'Arcy Mayo      
 

Don't wait for writing inspiration

Find links for more inspirational articles after the article

This article sponsored by:

 Freelance Work Exchange: Find a freelance Job

What's the hottest Writing Inspiration book around?: Pocket Muse: Ideas and Inspirations for...

  Pencil Dancing: New Ways to Free Your...

  THE WRITER'S BLOCK 786 Ideas to... 

  Susan G. Komen Shop for the Cure



Ask yourself if you have quick, effect ways of breaking through the mental blocks that stop you coming up with  fresh ideas?

The two techniques offered here may be for writers yet anyone faced with the challenge of idea creation will benefit from applying them whenever the mental cogs jam up.
 

  The Playful Way to Serious Writing  "a way to break that shell of fear," "bypass the inner voice that stops you" and " lose yourself like a child in the magic of creating."


Traditional forms of outlining rely upon a linear
approach based upon the logical, functioning of
your left-brain. This produces a neatly sequential
format which automatically carries us from one
concept to the next and keeps our writing focused
on each point.

This focus, despite its benefits, is a major deficiency  of linear outlining. Henriette Anne Klauser puts it this way:  "The fallacy ... is believing that the concepts we leave  behind have been thoroughly thought out and needs no
extension."

Clustering and non-linear outlining overcomes this
deficiency by radiating out in a naturally expansive
way to grow organically from your central concept.

Afterthoughts become some of the most valuable aspects of your final outline. You find yourself being able to retrace your steps and easily add in these new ideas without disrupting the neat structure that you would have if you'd started with a linear approach. It defies the 'begin at the beginning' shibboleth of many writing schools. You can start anywhere you wish and leap about
in any direction your creative senses wish.

Three good books on this topic are:

# Writing on Both Sides of the Brain
by Henriette Anne Klauser

# Writing the Natural Way
by Gabriele Lusser Rico

# Use Both Sides Of Your Brain
by Tony Buzan

A NON-LINEAR APPROACH TO OUTLINING

If you:

1.Allow your ideas to dictate the flow of your outline;
2.Do not impose any pattern on your efforts;
3.Let your natural creativity run rampant;

then your material will form its own patterns in
wondrous ways that will sometimes astound you.

Start at the centre of a blank sheet of paper
and write your central idea inside a circle.

This can be a single word, symbol, drawing or
anything that represents to you the main point
that you want to write about. After this, you
will switch from conscious (judgmental) thinking
to instinctive (non-judgemental) subconscious activity.

Branch out from your central idea for at least
ten minutes. Add every thought that comes to mind
no matter how silly it may sound.

Turn the paper around, doodle, let structures form
of their own accord.

If the page fills to overflowing, start a new page.

Keep going until you've rung the last idea from your
mind and then push a little further. Add another line
or two, even if you've got no conception of what you'll
write on it. Often you'll spark that extra idea you
thought didn't exist.

Did you keep going for the minimum time?

If not, why not?

Did you hit a "wall"?

Then just keep your pen moving.

The ideas will come.

Trust yourself.

Now that you have your ideas clustered, move back
into the left-brain mode and proceed to group key
concepts in preparation for the writing to begin.

=======================================
D'Arcy Mayo is a freelance writer and originator of the
Practical Spirituality concept and editor of the newsletter
Spirituality In Action http://www.PracticalSpirituality.ws
http://www.Mayo.ws or mailto:DArcy@M...

 

More writing inspiration and exercises:

Write Your Way To New Possibilities

Boosting Your Creativity

What to Write About

Innovative Ideas for Writing

Fit to Write

Journaling