I’m actually talking about the writing technique called “Free Writing”, where you just write non-stop for a set amount of time (like 10 to 20 mins) not thinking about spelling or grammar, not thinking about anything at all but the topic you are writing about. It’s meant to help writers with the flow of things, including the deadly writers block!
When you free write it is not for others to be see or read; it’s purely a practice tool to get things moving or to get out initial thoughts on any topic you plan to write about.
Here are the basic rules:
- Give yourself a time limit. Write for one or ten or twenty minutes, and then stop.
- Keep your hand moving until the time is up. Do not pause to stare into space or to read what you’ve written. Write quickly but not in a hurry.
- Pay no attention to grammar, spelling, punctuation, neatness, or style. Nobody else needs to read what you produce here. The correctness and quality of what you write do not matter; the act of writing does.
- If you get off the topic or run out of ideas, keep writing anyway. If necessary, write nonsense or whatever comes into your head, or simply scribble: anything to keep the hand moving.
- If you feel bored or uncomfortable as you’re writing, ask yourself what’s bothering you and write about that.
When the time is up, look over what you’ve written, and mark the parts that contain ideas or phrases that you might think are worth keeping or elaborating on in a subsequent writing and then maybe you can also brainstorm from those ideas. I have been trying this technique for the past week. I have to say this has been very helpful in regards to my first university assignment that I am currently in the middle of. I am finding that I am writing a lot freer and easier, and that ideas are coming out of my head and straight onto the screen without much effort.
Have a go; see if you find any ease in your writing after you have been free writing for a while?
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