Accidental Genius – Mark Levy [Book Summary]

by Nick

Introduction: Your Mind Can Do More Than You Think.

“Accidental Genius” will introduce the freewriting to you.

Freewriting is a method that increases the efficiency of the brain, forcing him to think unconventionally and without extra effort to give out original solutions and ideas. 

Freewriting is universal. With its help, you can become your own consultant – to understand the complex life conflicts, outline a way out of the creative impasse, solve business problems.

Mark Levy is sure, using freewriting, you will see that you can do a lot.

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Part One. Six Secrets of Freeriding

Secret # 1

Do not exert extra effort. When you start freeriding on a difficult topic, keep this in mind. By removing unnecessary tension, casting aside the fear that a brilliant text will not work, laying out 90%, and not 110%, you will free your mind, make it more maneuverable and creative.

You will definitely get the result, and in the future, and improve the quality of thinking.

Secret # 2

Write fast – writing speeds and thoughts should be comparable. Write continuously without stopping to analyze notes; when the mental stream is exhausted, write nonsense or letters, and the mind at this time will look for new ideas.

The more you record, the greater the chance of finding the first-class thought in your recordings. Landmark – quantity, take care of quality later.

Secret # 3

Work in a tight time frame for 10-20 minutes, using a timer (clock, mobile phone, PC, household appliances).

Even if there is no inspiration, write without stopping before the signal. Then do something around the house, giving the mind rest before the next brainstorming session. This will increase his creativity.

Secret # 4

Write as you think on your slang without ennobling words and thoughts, forgetting about the logic of presentation. It is important that you focus on the topic and be sincere.

Secret # 5

Develop the thought you just recorded in different directions, remembering the scope of the situation. Improvise – you will definitely have fresh ideas and solutions.

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Secret # 6

Reorient your attention to unexplored elements of the situation if ideas are over. And do a freeriding session in new directions.

Part Two. Effective freeriding techniques

Consider the idea as a product transferred to paper. This helps to focus on the main topic, and the analysis of recorded deviations of thought can give original solutions.

To start the freewriting session, let’s get tips (hints) – logically incomplete short phrases (I adore … What would I like to do …). This will help free the mind; thought may take an unexpected creative direction.

Rethink the meanings of familiar words, discarding their dull familiar meaning. Look for their deep meaning and explain why you think so.

Disconnect from the intellect – any thought can lead to an important idea. If in the process of work there is another thought, more valuable – grab hold of it, discarding the previous one.

Use assumptions to get out of the impasse – change your view, look at the problem through the prism of a different field of activity. You will see everything differently.

Use someone else’s experience to solve your situation, including heroes of books and movies.

It’s easier to get a hundred ideas than one. Think of a general solution to the problem. One idea leads to another.

Learn to love untruth, play with fiction. So you will see the problem from the other side and, possibly, solve it.

Have a conversation on paper – with an imaginary competent person, feel like him, explore the problem in a dialogue. The game of imagination gives real benefits, as it “wakes up” the creative parts of the brain.

Put your mind on paper. Discuss your problem in detail – write down facts, observations, hypotheses, emotions, similar episodes from films. The abundance of recorded information will give you a solution or tell you the next action on the way to it. Then start a new writing session. So, step by step, your genius will give a solution.

If the stakes are high and the deadlines are tight, use a writer’s marathon. This is a series of freeriding sessions that lasts several hours. Each ends with a selection of starting thought, which will give the next session a new direction.

Doubt yourself. Your text is written in the dull language, do you always come back to the same people, thoughts, situations, everything seems hopelessly boring? These are signs of fatigue.

Try freewriting to capitalize on this gloomy state. With maximum precision and sincerity, recreate on paper what led to this life situation.

This is the beginning of liberation, the feeling for a way out of a life impasse. A clear vision of the situation creates constructive changes in life. And in this, freewriting is indispensable.

Do not fall back on the topic. Follow accurate writing – a way to get into the core of the issue. Try to get used to the situation, feel it in all respects and sincerely display it on paper.

Principles of accurate writing:

  • Lecture hall. It’s like a conversation on paper, but only you speak with a group of students that you invented. This will help focus and see the material with different eyes.
  • Record without editing everything that comes to mind.
  • Details in the description will help to recreate the situation, feel it and make it work for you in a new direction.

Benefit from the business book. In the process of reading, there should be interaction with the material of the book, its active study.

With the “intuition of the spider”, collect interesting ideas from the author, write down questions and thoughts that appear. Engage in freeriding with enthusiasm, using the information relevant to your problems. Turn book ideas into your own insights put them into practice.

Do you think so and live. The mind is focused on the most important things for him, the rest is as if hidden from him. Using freewriting, you will learn to see interesting ideas and solutions that you have not noticed before; you will understand what needs to be done to change your life for the better.

Part Three. We Go Out to the Public

Share unpolished ideas, unfinished thoughts – create a talking document (letter to a friend or a collage from fragments of freewriting). Feedback is important – the comments of a reliable, competent, caring person. You will only benefit from this.

Help others think as productively as possible. To do this, teach freewriting a colleague or audience, explain that he deepens his thoughts on a specific problem.

Spot stories everywhere. Freeriding transforms certain events into something that you want to share. The world will become a source of material for articles, blogs, books.

Create a repository of thoughts – collect and organize ideas, stories from your freewriting sessions to use them if necessary. This will help to work quickly and productively.

Formulate the rules for each component of the creative process (warm-up, development of ideas). They will make you write, tell you what, give confidence and calm, help you focus on work.

Use the delight factor. Make a list of the things you admire. Freeriding sessions to compile this list contribute to the streamlining, re-arrangement of ideas, stories, and memories accumulated during life. This helps to find a topic, generate ideas for a future book or article.

From freeriding, go to complete prose. Starting with a warm-up, then moving on to thematic freewriting sessions with subsequent editing of the resulting text, you can get a complete article on a given topic.

These tips will teach you how to find innovative ideas, solve complex and interesting problems that seemed unsolvable, and write various texts in a sincere and accessible language.

Why You Should Read “Accidental Genius “

  • To be able to create astonishing ideas
  • To wake up your inner writer and let the mind flow
  • To solve all types of life and business problems

This book is available as:

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