Three Weeks Of The Think Sideways Walkthrough

I forgot. I’ve just been swamped, and I forgot to post here to let folks know that I have three sampler pages from the How To Think Sideways Walkthrough available for everyone to use.

You get the complete content, including audio and downloads, for the first page of each of the following three weeks:

Week One: Break Thinking Barriers

Week Two: Create Your Sweet Spot Map

Week Three: Calling Down Lightning

I think you’ll find these help you work through areas of your writing, from what you can’t get started or keep writing, to how to figure out what to write about, to how to get story ideas when you have NO ideas.

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About the author: Novelist, writing teacher, on a mission to reprint my out-of-print books and indie-publish my new ones.

3 comments… add one
  • Moon and Sun Fan Feb 4, 2012 @ 16:28

    I’ve been waiting sooo long to read the third book! I’m so glad that I know that you started it!

  • Rebecca Anne May 12, 2011 @ 12:21

    I have tried to do my own calling down lighting and I got a little confused where did you write the rabbit idea down

  • JWD May 6, 2011 @ 22:59

    Hey Holly,

    One thing I noticed about your third link that I really appreciated was that you put all of the left-brain concepts in hard rectangles with straight arrows passing ideas to the right brain. However, the right-brain concepts hung out in rounded boxes with squiggly arrows passing to the left brain. You never draw attention to it, of course, because that’s not the main idea of the presentation. You didn’t have to include this visual element. You could have used all square boxes and the diagram would still hold solid. However, it’s little details like that which demonstrate your control over connotations.

    Likewise, a writer needs to be aware of the connotations and associations packed into the words they are using all the way down to the sentence level. He shouldn’t draw attention to this, of course, because it’s not part of the story he’s trying to tell, but it’s important to note how thousands of correctly-chosen eensy details come together to create an overwhelming impression woven together by the author through careful diction and apt metaphor.

    I appreciate that attention to detail and visual literacy, and I just wanted to let you know that somebody noticed it.

    Art is in the details, and it seems to me that a fun part of the creative process is having someone else’s mind crawl over your work and say “I see what you did there. Nice.”

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