Let Your Writing Flow

Killukin Cascade Waterfalls, Co. Roscommon, Ireland. Photo by Eileen Moynihan

Undamming Our Blockages To Creative Flow

Mary E. Knippel, gives some great tips of how to get those creative juices flowing in a guest post on Nina Amir’s blog- Write Nonfiction Now …https://writenonfictionnow.com/5-ways-to-tap-into-your-creativity-and-let-your-writing-flow/

  • Prime your pump – ‘Warm up to set the stage for the main event. Set the timer and free write for at least 15 minutes.’
  • Mind map it -‘Write your topic/subject in the middle of the sheet. Repeat the topic and write down what comes into you head on the paper, or jot down your ideas on separate post-its/index cards. Now, notice where you have ideas that go together and what doesn’t fit.’
  • Create a ritual – ‘Design a process to establish with your mind and body that NOW the time for writing.’
  • Change things up – ‘You’ve been doing things the same way for too long. Change it up.’
  • Keep your hands busy – ‘When we are engaged in creative expression our body’s physiology changes from one of stress to one of deep relaxation, from one of fear to one of creativity and inspiration.’
flow
Words keep flowing
coming quicker
everlasting
piling thicker
never pausing
breathless! faster!!

Writing rapids
flowing wildly
no control
no sitting idly
faster! flowing!!

See them flying
all a jumble
stacked and piling
all asunder
flowing! stacking!!

Once you stop
the rhythm keeps them
moving onward
verbal mayhem
stacking! piling!!

STOP!!!

…again…

By TheMrTinney6 https://allpoetry.com/poems/about/Flow

Creating Flow In A Piece Of Writing

 Creating flow involves using logical connections between ideas, strong topic sentences to start paragraphs, transitions to link sentences, concise wording, and a varied sentence structure.One commonality between these parts of writing is that they make the reader’s job easier. And, that’s essentially what flow is: Techniques and characteristics of good writing that make the writing easy for the reader to navigate and understand. In this way, good flow is a lot like a good road trip. https://waldenwritingcenter.blogspot.com/2013/12/five-ways-to-create-flow-in-your-writing.html#:~:text=Creating%20flow%20involves%20using%20logical,make%20the%20reader’s%20job%20easier.

Writing Instructor and Coordinator of Webinar Writing Instruction, Beth Oyler, lists the main elements to make your writing flow…

  • Logical connections -‘remove the road block—the idea that doesn’t fit—and driver/reader has smooth sailing.’
  • Topic sentences -‘In academic writing, topic sentences are the first sentences of a paragraph that tell the reader the focus of the paragraph…Topic sentences act as informational sign posts so readers can anticipate what’s coming up ahead.’
  • Transitions – ‘Transitions create flow by linking ideas and sentences. Writers can create transitions in a couple of ways: (1) using words like additionally or however to begin sentences and (2) repeating key terms or phrases between sentences. Transitions are like bridges between roads.’
  • Clear, concise wording – ‘Using concise and precise wording is like creating a direct route in a road trip. Instead of taking your reader through all the winding back roads and causing car sickness, you’re taking the reader on the most direct route to your ideas.’
  • Varied wording and sentence structure – ‘Avoiding repetition creates flow by getting readers interested in your ideas and in the way you talk about your ideas. Think taking a long road trip through flat, rural countryside. Without variety in scenery, the drive can become boring pretty quickly. Variety in scenery—like variety in sentence structure—makes the journey more interesting.’

There is an updated version which goes into much more detail of each of the 5 things listed at https://waldenwritingcenter.blogspot.com/2016/06/strategies-for-enhancing-flow-in-your.html

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