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What, why, how . . . freewrites

What is a freewrite?  Why should you do it? How is it done? A “freewrite” is “free association” for a quick style of writing. It’s a way of writing freely with no worries about the end product. It’s meant to be spontaneous, with no “real” thinking involved. Just write thoughts as quickly as they  form. No editing is involved while writing because editing means “thinking” and thinking means censoring. Censoring and editing while writing can inhibit the freedom experienced while writing without worries about the outcome. A freewrite is getting your thoughts written, accept whatever they are, and however they manifest. This writing can be a catalyst for further writing and can later be revised, edited, and polished. Choose an idea, set a timer, write for that amount of time. Topics can be whatever is on your mind or select a writing prompt on The Write Spot Blog. If you…

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Best or favorite gift, or . . . ??? Prompt #310

There are tacky gifts, insulting gifts, selfish gifts the giver secretly wants, cheap gifts and re-gifted gifts. But some gifts are transcendent. Have you ever received such a perfect gift? One that amazed you with its imagination? Perhaps it was a gift that completely touched your heart, changed your life, or opened a new world. Maybe it was a gift so dear you held on to it for a lifetime.  What was it and why was it so special to you? Prompt: Your best gift or your all-time favorite gift.

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Why I Write. Prompt #309

There’s a lot going on in the world. Upheaval, turmoil, chaos, unity, freedom, marches, democracy. Those are some of the words/concepts I’m thinking as I write this blog post. Today’s prompt is similar to my August 12, 2014 blog post, quoting screenwriter and author, Antwone Fisher, about why he writes. I write for a variety of reasons: For clarification, to share thoughts, for enlightenment, plus all the things I mentioned in the 8/12/4 post. Now, it’s your turn. Why do you write? I want to know. Scribble, then type your answer and post on The Write Spot Blog. Prompt #309: Why I write. I’ll be watching for your response.

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Create a vignette. Prompt #308

Many of us have vignettes, little stories of things that happened, that we could write about: Events or situations that enlightened, inspired, or changed us.  All are memorable and could be written. But why? Why should you write these stories? “All humans understand and use story on an intuitive level. It’s our most effective teaching tool. It’s how we understand our world, ourselves and each other. It’s how we make and deepen our connections. It’s how we draw meaning from experience.”  — Deb Norton, “Story Structure, Simplified,” WritersDigest, February 2017 What if there was a recipe for this type of writing like there is for voodoo doughnuts? “Learning when to throw the flour, proper handling of a rolling pin, the intricacies of an old fashion, the ‘flip,’ and countless other tricks of the trade were now in the hands, minds, and notebooks of  Cat Daddy and Tres.”  Voodoo Doughnut Recipe…

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How we affect others. Prompt #307

It’s after the holidays, when some of us spent time with family. It’s inauguration day.  Lots of energy. Lots of emotions. Today’s prompt, “How we affect others,” is something I’ve been thinking about for awhile. We don’t live in a bubble, immune to the thoughts and emotions of others. Today, I suggest writing about how we affect others. If that doesn’t work for you, how about:  Do we affect others?   What does that mean? I look forward to your response.

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Despair and broken promises. Prompt #306

You might know that I facilitate Jumpstart writing workshops. One day, a participant read her freewrite which contained the phrase, “Despair and broken promises.” I immediately thought that would make a great writing prompt.  What do you think? And that reminds me, during this season of many deaths, if you need to write a condolence note and are stymied about what to write, take a look at “The Condolence Note – What to Write.”  You might get some ideas. Today’s writing prompt:  Despair and broken promises. Post your writing on The Write Spot Blog and I’ll offer commentary  . . . always positive.

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Something you have had forever. Prompt #304

Write about something you have had forever. Write about your oldest possession. You could also write about your earliest memory. I have had this rocking chair since I was two years old. I used to rock in it while watching I Love Lucy on our black and white television set. I lent it to my sister when her children were little. Then my three children enjoyed it. And now, my granddaughter reads her books while rocking. The books:  The Wonderful World of Oz and The Secret of the Old Clock . . those go way back. I spent hours captivated by Nancy Drew’s amazing sleuthing abilities and fascinated with the variety of characters in the Oz books. I was especially intrigued about how much time was spent for Dorothy and some of her companions to sleep or look for food. Time that could have been used to get them to…