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Accidental Genius: Revolutionize Your Thinking Through Private Writing Paperback – August 2, 2010
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“I’ve been a fanboy of Accidental Genius and the genius of Mark Levy for five years now, and I couldn’t work without these ideas”.
—David Meerman Scott, author of The New Rules of Marketing & PR
“Whether you have writer’s block, face a tight deadline, or just don't know how to get across all those wonderful ideas rambling around in the back of your head, Mark Levy has the solution for you.”
—B. Joseph Pine II, coauthor of The Experience Economy and Authenticity
“Mark Levy is a horse whisperer for writers and business thinkers.”
—Debbie Weil, author of The Corporate Blogging Book
About the Author
Mark Levy is the founder of the marketing strategy firm Levy Innovation. He has written for the New York Times, has authored or cocreated five books, and has taught writing at Rutgers University.
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Somebody may look at this book and say, "Well, it's just about freewriting. I don't need a book to tell me to just write a bunch of words on the page." Even I was saying that after the first few chapters. But after completing the book, I realized that the book wasn't "just about freewriting," it was a general technique for getting past your inner critic, truly brainstorm solutions to a problem, and come to a decision that is more correct, because you have considered all the options without censorship. I lock up when it comes to decision making, and the process pushed me to open up on why I get stuck on these decisions, and all too often once those blocks are out of the bag, the solution presents itself in that free flow of ideas. I like to call it unthinking my way out of a problem.
I have used the techniques to dig into some philosophical conflicts I have had recently. They have given me a new clarity about my career and my outside interests, and gotten me a little bit closer to that thing that is the purpose of my life. So yes, it is "just about freewriting," but the technique unlocks so much more if you stick with it.
Bought this book in the Kindle store so I carry it on my Kindle enabled Android phone.
This book is a great read and an absolute productivity system. This is as easy as falling off a log but much more intense.I am indebted to Mark Levy for showing me just how really smart and on top of things I am :)
Finding workable answers to some of the most frustrating things in my life has been much easier and much quicker since reading this book.
The only warning I have to offer is that there are no surprises. He pretty much puts the entire system in your lap in the first few chapters. After that, it's all more of the same. The chapters are short, but I suggest you take it slow. I read the book over a weekend, but plan on going back and rereading parts after I've tried to implement what I've learned. Even though the core pieces are in the first few chapters, it was the last few chapters that I enjoyed the most.