Now itís your turn to play. Put a circle in the top third of a sheet of paper. Into it, write the word AFRAID. Now cluster for a minute or so, letting your Design mind make whatever connections it wants to. Simply be curious to see what turns up. Donít worry if your associations make little sense to your Sign mind. Your Design mind has its own logic. Draw lines with arrows from the center outward in any direction they want to flow. Youíre tapping into your mute Design mind to discover patterns you didnít know were there until you experience a sense of direction. This direction may be gradual, or it may be a sudden ďAha!Ē Thatís when you start writing. Write quickly without stopping to correct. Trust your Design mindís search for meaningful pattern. Let the writing flow. Taking no more than four or five minutes, let it take any shape it wants to. You donít have to write it; it will write you. Come full circle, as if this piece can stand on its own, just the way it is, for now.
Youíve just clustered and written, allowing yourself to experience the collaboration of your Design and Sign minds. Now, read what youíve written aloud. Here is the time to make changes, to delete or add or re-word. Read it again.