Daily Writing Tip 6 of 100, Clustering

For one hundred days, I’m going to post a writing tip each day. I have a whole bookshelf full of writing books and I want to do some reading and increased studying of this valuable resource. This will help me keep track of anything I’ve learned, and help motivate me to keep going. If anyone has a favorite tip of their own to add, contact me. I’d love to put it up here.

Today’s tip – Clustering

Source – There are many – One of the best is from Writing the Natural Way, By Gabriele Lusser Rico

Writers need some magic key for getting in touch with these secret reserves of imaginative power. What we lack is not ideas but a direct means of getting in touch with them.

Clustering is that magic key. In fact, it is the master key to natural writing. It is the crucial first step for bypassing our logical, orderly Sign-mind consciousness to touch the mental life of daydream, random thought, remembered incident, image, or sensation.

If you don’t know what clustering is or how it relates to writing – Read About It Here

This is the most powerful technique I have ever found to unlock a creative conundrum or open a block. I don’t use it nearly as much as I should – it is a bit of work and is hard to trust… that leap of faith doesn’t always come as easy as it should.

There are a number of clustering programs out there. A tablet would be a perfect digital platform for the technique. However, I think paper and some multi-colored pens is better – the physical tactile aspect of paper and ink adds an element of immediacy that electrons lack.