It’s difficult to shake off judging ourselves and our writing. Our inner critic is a hard one to let go — it’s been with us for so long.
What I especially like about freewrites is that since they are very rough first drafts, they can be just awful and no one should care because, after all, they are just first drafts.
The beauty of freewrites is getting Self out of the way and going with the flow. Let your writing flow with no judging. When you are in the zone and writing. . . time flies. There is no space for the inner critic to hang out. It’s just you and your creative mind playing with words.
Let go of your worries about your writing.
I’m a big advocate of using free writes to discover a kernel of a story idea. During my last session at jumpstart I wrote a brief vignette, and Marlene suggested it could be the beginning of a western romance— and it was. I’m fifty five pages into my first novel. Who knows if it’s good and who cares. The first thing I did was lasso that durn inner critic, wrestle it to the dirt and whip a length of rope around its hooves. That was my initial triumph. I also read a how-to book and got some pointers, and am planning a trip to the foothills of the Sierras for “research” (and a little trout fishing). My how writing can enrich your life!
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Sounds like a fun ride! Yee-haw! You go, girl.
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