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Monthly Archives: February 2013

Fearless Writing Techniques

Recently we had author Crescent Dragonwagon at the Ranch to teach us about Fearless Writing Techniques.  Which, by the way, I think is a great title because writing can be kind of scary.  Don’t you think?  Especially if you don’t have a background in writing, but just really like to write.  It can be intimidating to say the least.

The class I was able to attend has helped my writing tremendously so far.  Within the class, I experiences one of those moments where things just clicked.  I think my major problem was comparing my writing to published authors that I admired and then of course, not being happy with my own writing because of this.  However, Crescent made it clear that there is a huge difference between practice writing and the finished result.  She made a good point by saying that we (as the reader) don’t get to see all the practice writing that got edited out of the published book.  So to compare every day writing or unedited writing to a finished book is like comparing apples to oranges.  Crescent, thank you for this!

After that eye opener, we spent the rest of the class doing practice writing.  My favorite way to practice writing that I learned in the class is called Free Writing.  You just put your pen to the paper and write for a certain amount of time.  It could be about anything.  You can write the same word if you want over and over again, you just can’t let the pen leave the paper (not literally!).  The point of it is to force you to write to just practice, if you will.  It also kind of forces you not to hold back, to write whatever comes to your mind– which is where the fearless part comes in.  I’ve found there are little golden nuggets in this everyday fearless writing.

I’m not going to spill all of her secrets, but I will say that the class has motivated me to practice my writing every single day.  To learn more about Crescent Dragonwagon and her fearless writing workshops, visit her site at



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