When Betty Sue Flowers taught English at the University of Texas at Austin, her writing students kept getting stuck. Flowers knew her students needed a new way to think about writing. She introduced them to four writing energies: the Madman, the Architect, the Carpenter, and the Judge.[i] Each has a role to play in the writing process, she explained. When these energies conflict, the result is writer’s block.
The key to finishing a piece is to manage the four energies so that each plays its role at the right time.
To learn more about your writing energies and how they interact, you can take this quiz: Meet Your Four Writing Energies.
For learn more about how to develop and manage your writing energies, see Write More, Stress Less: From Getting Ideas to Getting It Done.
[i] See Madman, Architect, Carpenter, Judge: Roles and the Writing Process, available at https://webspace.utexas.edu/cherwitz/www/ie/b_flowers.html