What is Freewriting and How To Practice It | By Angela Ibukunoluwa Komolafe
There is a powerful writing technique that every writer here will find useful. It is effective in dealing with writer’s block and writing on a consistent basis. This technique I’m talking about is called FREEWRITING.
Freewriting entails picking your pen and writing whatever comes to your mind without stopping to think about what you’re writing.
It doesn’t matter whatever you’re making sense or not. It doesn’t matter whatever you’re writing rubbish or not. What matter is that you’re writing.
When you write like this without any inhibition or fear of making mistakes, your mind will be unleashed to come up with fresh ideas and insights that you couldn’t otherwise have had.
HOW DO YOU PRACTICE FREEWRITING?
- Decide the time you want to use for the free writing and set a timer. It could be 5 minutes or 10 minutes or even 30 minutes.
- Take a pen and a paper and start writing whatever comes to your mind.
- Once you start writing, don’t pause or stop. Keep your writing until the time you’ve reached your time limit.
- As you write, don’t pay attention to the grammar, punctuation and any mistake you make. Just keep writing.
- If you can’t think of anything to write, still don’t stop writing. You can keep rewriting what you’ve written before until your mind comes up with another idea or you move on to something else.
- Once your time is up, review your writing and see if you can make sense out of the nonsense you’ve written.
Look for any useful ideas in the writing that you can fine tune into a masterpiece.
Make a habit to practice freewriting on a regular basis and watch your creative juice flow.
Yours in Writing,