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5 Ways to Help Your Imagination Be Free


(c) 2013 Windy Johansen

The power of imagination makes us infinite — John Muir

Imagination is wonderful. Our world tells us we need to do this or that, but that keeps us from being able to come up with creative solutions to problems. And it keeps us from being creative.

Here are 5 ways to help yourself open up.

Trust that what you are doing is important.

You don’t have to get anything for your writing to have it be worthwhile. It takes time, and it’s not always outwardly doing anything, but I can tell you that you will benefit from creating.

Let go of the fear of recrimination.
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A Poetic Look At: How Iambic Pentameter Isn’t Terrifying (Nor Is Any Other Meter)


(c) 2013 Windy Johansen

Ack! Meter AGAIN?

I-I know. I kind of messed it up before. Also, it helps to revisit things like this every now and again.

But it’s boring! And lame! Did I mention it was boring?
Yeah, it kind of is. It’s one of those fussy things. But it helps give your writing better…flow, you might call it.

O-Oh. Okay. Why?

There’s an inherent musicality in words, in the interplay of different stresses. If you put them together in the right way, you can mold your words to flow sweetly and calmly…or you can purposefully make them very jarring. (If you’re writing a scary scene, think of how it might help to have your words assisted by a jarring sort of rhythm. Conversely, think of how two lovers might speak to one another, and how you can show us their love for one another without relying entirely on just the words they speak.)

So I..hm. So how does this work?

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