Master writing by writing mindfully

Tips from mindfulness and mind wandering to improve your writing style, habits, and attitude. Become a mindful writer.
Master writing by writing mindfully
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1.93 GB
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5h 12m


Mike X Cohen


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Master writing by writing mindfully

What you’ll learn

Tips to improve your writing
How to have a positive and mindful attitude in writing and in life
The benefits of mind wandering (really!)
How to overcome writer’s block
Concrete tips for improving your writing style

Master writing by writing mindfully


Access to a word-processing software
Patience (no one becomes a good writer over-night!)


What is this course about?This is an unconventional course. I take a different approach to teaching writing skills. Sure, you can memorize a bunch of grammar rules and fancy-sounding words; you can read the classic writing style guides. Those are good uses of your time, and obviously you need a decent grasp of grammar. But memorizing rules and words won’t make you a better writer.I’ve read tons of style books and websites, and took several writing courses in university. And what did I learn? I learned that all good advice on being a better writer is basically the same, except no one says it in a straight forward way. So let me spare you the time and effort: Good writing comes from mindful writing. What is mindful writing? It’s basically taking principles of mindfulness and applying them to writing and editing. I take a psychological and experiential approach to becoming a better writer. I think this is much more fruitful than taking a purely technical/academic approach. That’s because I believe that being a good writer comes from having the right mindset. And that mindset is what I focus on in this course.What will you learn in this course?You will learn about mindfulness and acceptance and how to apply these to your writing. You will learn different kinds of mind wandering and how the right style of mind wandering can promote creative problem-solving. You will learn how to deal with writer’s block. And you will learn concrete tips along with real examples of improving sloppy writing.Why is the instructor qualified to teach this?I’ve published four books (and am working on two more right now!) and over 100 research articles. I’ve received praise for my clear and easy writing style for decades. And several of my teachers when I was a kid told me I should be a writer when I grow up 😉


Section 1: Introduction

Lecture 1 Improve these sentences!

Lecture 2 Why master writing?

Lecture 3 Mindfulness and writing

Section 2: What is mindful writing?

Lecture 4 What is the mind?

Lecture 5 The self, thinking, and writing

Lecture 6 Mindfulness aspect 1: being present

Lecture 7 Mindfulness aspect 2: acceptance

Lecture 8 Exercise: focused-attention mindfulness

Lecture 9 The myth of multitasking

Lecture 10 How to write mindfully

Lecture 11 How to edit mindfully

Lecture 12 Start with an intention and a goal

Lecture 13 The perfect environment for writing

Section 3: Mind wandering for creative insight

Lecture 14 Mindfulness vs. mind wandering for writing

Lecture 15 What is mind wandering (day dreaming)?

Lecture 16 Types of mind wandering

Lecture 17 Exercise: Deliberate positive mind wandering

Lecture 18 Exercise: Spontaneous mind wandering

Lecture 19 Common misconceptions about mind wandering

Lecture 20 The “incubation effect”

Lecture 21 Your brain while mind wandering

Section 4: The five stages of writing

Lecture 22 Stage 1: Brainstorm / freeflow

Lecture 23 Stage 1: Brainstorm practice

Lecture 24 Stage 2: First draft

Lecture 25 Stage 2: Tips for writing the first draft

Lecture 26 Stage 3: Editing

Lecture 27 Stage 3: Tips for editing

Lecture 28 Stage 4: Feedback

Lecture 29 Stage 5: Finalizing

Section 5: Write with style

Lecture 30 Forget grammar; focus on style, simplicity, and substance

Lecture 31 Download practice sentences

Lecture 32 Omit needless words

Lecture 33 Avoid fancy words

Lecture 34 Use unambiguous terms

Lecture 35 Write simple

Lecture 36 Use the active voice

Lecture 37 Phrase in the positive

Lecture 38 Use agentive verbs with agent nouns

Lecture 39 Avoid ambiguities

Lecture 40 Put the most important information first

Lecture 41 Use action and visualization

Lecture 42 Engage the reader

Section 6: Overcome writer’s block

Lecture 43 The two causes of writer’s block

Lecture 44 Write an abstract/summary

Lecture 45 Back to brainstorming (write something else!)

Lecture 46 Expanding on existing ideas

Lecture 47 Use a speech-to-text app

Lecture 48 Accept your anxiety

Lecture 49 Perfection is the enemy of progress

Lecture 50 Be you!

Lecture 51 Write for one person, not for everyone

Section 7: Improve my writing!

Lecture 52 Introduction and resources

Lecture 53 Writing sample 1

Lecture 54 Writing sample 2

Lecture 55 Writing sample 3

Section 8: Bonus section

Lecture 56 Bonus lecture

Students,Professionals,Yeah, anyone, really

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Udemy | English | 5h 12m | 1.93 GB
Created by: Mike X Cohen

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