We’re going to start with Lightning Writing today.
Remember the joy of writing with invisible ink when you were a kid? You’d buy this ink at a novelty store and write in it.Nothing would appear on the page but when you held it up to a light bulb, the words would appear.
You can use a technological equivalent for those days when the censor is sitting on your shoulder and you’re lingering too much on what you’re writing instead of trusting yourself and moving ahead.
The idea is to write in a text you cannot see or cannot understand but which you can easily change back to your normal black Times New Roman (or whatever) on a white background.
Okay, ready to go?
First, change your font color to white with the selection tool in the upper right corner of the toolbar area. Begin to type.You will see . . . NOTHING!
This is a wonderfully freeing way to write. You will feel a closer connection between your brain and your fingers when you write without the in-between appearance of the printed text.Your thoughts will fly freer. You can come back and censor, tweak, re-arrange later. That’s the part of writing that should come later, divorced from the act of creationg. Give it a try.
Now that you know how to do this, be really brave and start a folder in which to save your unseen writing. Don't peek. It’s okay to give it a retrieval name you can see. You’ll want to call it up later, select the text, and change it to black.
After writing something, I always put it “in the drawer” for a few days, at least, or better, a few weeks before I come back to it. My mind will have been working on it in another way and my thoughts and eye are sharper to revise.
I’m going to give you a few days to try this and then I’ll post again, with some exciting variations.