Accidental Genius: Using Writing to Generate Your Best Ideas, Insight, and Content

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Berrett-Koehler Publishers, Aug 9, 2010 - Business & Economics - 192 pages
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When it comes to creating ideas, we hold ourselves back. That's because inside each of us is an internal editor whose job is to forever polish our thoughts so we sound smart and in control and so we fit into society.
 
But what happens when we encounter problems where such conventional thinking fails us? How do we get unstuck?
 
For Mark Levy, the answer is freewriting, a technique he's used for years to solve all types of business problems and generate ideas for books, articles, and blog posts.
 
Freewriting is deceptively simple: start writing as fast as you can, for as long as you can, about a subject you care deeply about, while ignoring the standard rules of grammar and spelling. Your internal editor won't be able to keep up with your output—you'll generate breakthrough ideas and solutions that you couldn't have created any other way.
 
Levy shares his six secrets to freewriting as well as fifteen problem-solving and creativity-stimulating principles you can use if you need more firepower—seven of which are new to this edition. Also new to this edition: an extensive section on how to refine your raw freewriting into something you can share with the world.
 

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User Review  - Benedict8 - LibraryThing

I highly recommend this book. It has a tinge of psychobabble which is easy to overlook. The big discovery here is the call to simply write, write, write to improve my own skills. The author got me to ... Read full review

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This book has changed the way I read and organize my thoughts. Read full review

Contents

Your Mind Is Bigger Than You Think
1
The Six Secrets to Freewriting
13
Powerful Refinements
45
Going Public
135
Notes
179
About Mark Levy
183
Acknowledgments
185
Index
187
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About the author (2010)

Mark Levy is the founder of the marketing strategy firm Levy Innovation. He has written for the New York Times, has authored or cocreated five books, and has taught writing at Rutgers University.

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