Prompts

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 post your writing on The Write Spot Blog, my comments will be about what stands out and what is memorable about the writing. The advantage of these types of comments is that if you want to revise, edit, or polish your writing you will know what to keep and what changes to make.

My comments are not critiques nor constructive criticisms. My comments are merely what I like, what stands out, what is memorable in the writing.

How to improve your writing

Keep writing, using prompts as inspiration. Think of this as “practice” writing. Just like a baseball player didn’t walk up to home plate one day and hit a homerun . . . it took lots of practice. It can take a lot of practice to get to a deep level of writing.

Once you get into the rhythm of this type of free writing, you will be able to access that part of you that wants to express your deep, inner thoughts. It comes with time, practice, and patience.

There are over 300 writing prompts on The Write Spot Blog. Choose one and Just Write.

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