For parents of teens who are flummoxed by the complexity and competitiveness of SAT prep and the college application process, I have a recommendation: Gabrielle Glancy of New Vision Learning.
My new book UNSTUCK: How to Break Through Writer’s Block, Find Your Voice and Get Into the School of Your Dreams is about to come out September 15th.
It has already been reviewed on BroadwayWorld.com and I have interviews in Authority Magazine, Thrive Global and VoyageLA. Most recently, Elephant Journal published my article The Inner Game of Writing.
I just want to give you a few tips (and teasers 😉 that could be extremely helpful as you embark on the writing process:
- Write first, think later. While it is important to brainstorm ideas, you should not hold yourself to those ideas. They are merely the “triggering subjects” that got you writing.
- Let Thing Two and Thing One out of the box. Allow the creative part of yourself to make a mess. Don’t let the critic overtake the creator. You can always clean up later.
- Let the wand find the wizard. Allow your topic to emerge, organically, from the writing you do. Often, you will see a pattern or find a way to put together the pieces once you have them . . .because
- It’s a lot easier to generate than to cut.
- I always suggest students “Roll out the dough before you cut the cookies.” Don’t write to the word limit. Write much more than you need. You can always go back and trim the fat.
- If you’re stuck, you have a lot of options. You can pick a book up off your shelf, find a random sentence and free write from that sentence. You can read some great college admissions essays to get some ideas. You can read my book 😉 . And you can get up and shoot some hoops, take a shower or make a sandwich.
- Once you have free written much much more than you’ll ever need, go back and “read what you’ve written to figure out what you’re trying to say.”
This will get you started. I’d love to help you write the essay of your life. Click here to meet me and book an INITIAL CONSULTATION!