Linus Rylander

writer, entrepreneur, maverick


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Doing the thing in the moment

On Linus Rylander

It is Sunday afternoon and I am drinking tea. Just sitting down to write. When I write, the topic has usually been made clear to me earlier in the day, or perhaps the day before.

But not today. These writing sessions are always the most interesting, because of a few reasons.

As you start, you have no idea what’s going to come out of your fingers. But you don’t want to go on with meaningless ramblings, so you force yourself to enter into a sort of flow state very quickly. You get better at it with practice.

Two days ago I stumbled upon a thread on Quora about writing advice. Someone said that you should never write about things you thought up beforehand. Everything you write should be in-the-moment writing, because everything that isn’t is a fabrication of ego.

First, I disagree with the use of the word ego, but I know what he means and I understand what he’s saying. I don’t agree though. All writing isn’t made equal.

The Collaborative Story Game

On Joshua Thomas

Here's a simple game to play with friends on long car rides. (XOR when very drunk)

Pick a word. Any word. It doesn't matter what you say, in fact it's very important that you don't think about it too hard. The more spontaneous the word is, the better the game is going to be.

Now another player adds a word of their own to the chain. Same idea. Be spontaneous and just go with it.

Continue going around the circle with every player adding a word to the chain and let a story spontaneously form.

The first few games tend to start out extremely profanely. It's hilarious. Though as the games progress and profanity loses its novelty, players inevitably reach out for wittier, more creative words. Puns even show up!

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