I have been doing a lot of work letting go, rather than tightening up when I write. In school, I learned to use more and more control on essays and paper. But I knew from my writing that letting go in some profound way allowed vivid images to appear. Same with my movie reviews (high school paper but won award from journalism school). Over time, I used more control and when it came to the novel, I use both control and letting go but because I was new at it and insecure I thought I needed more control, especially for the second draft. But the demand for more control only worsened my writer’s block.
So I am beginning to doubt that approach. I just started to do more relaxation exercises—more about that tomorrow.
How do you balance control and letting go at the same time? Do you walk that tightrope or do you have another approach to writing fluently?