“Stop, stop, stop; too much applause!”
“Really, I don’t deserve all this!”
“Oh, wow, you like my writing that much?”
The best works of writing all begin with a simple exercise called a free write.
You might be one of those writers who cracks their knuckles, tosses their hair back, and starts writing away, without any preparation at all.
That writer’s is either dang good, dang lucky, or they’re going to fail.
The most likely outcome is the latter.
Why You Should Start with a Free Write
Free writing is simple, only takes a few minutes, and requires little brainpower. Here are some reasons why you should start your writing process with a quick free write:
· Loosen Up: Get your creativity flowing! No one can write when they’re jammed up and busting their brain. Free writing sets your mind loose and lets it wander. When you’re wracking your brain trying to come up with the perfect idea, that can’t happen.
· Get Your Ideas Down: Free writing, no matter what you’re working on, will allow you to get a whole lot of ideas written down in a short amount of time. Get it all down, take a break, then come back and look at it what you’ve written.
· Think Differently: Once you’ve got down the basics, if you force yourself to keep free writing, you might start twisting around your ideas or thinking in an unusual way. Some of your most creative thoughts will come from this.
· Have Some Fun: Everybody needs a break in their day! When you’re tired of structured writing and your brain just can’t think anymore, scribble down random thoughts to give your thinking muscles a rest. You might be surprised at the gold that pops out of your pen.
Free Writing Strategies
Free writing can have some huge benefits for any writer, rookie or old-timer. Here are some ways you can implement this strategy:
· Don’t Stop: Don’t think. Don’t edit. Just write. Write and write and write and see what comes out. Set a timer for one minute or two, and for that time, just write. Even if all you’re getting down is “this sucks, why am I doing this?” keep going. If it doesn’t work, take a breather and come back. Your creative mind will soon kick in.
· Surf the Web: Normally, this would not be the most productive advice. However, that’s not the case right now. There are a surprising amount of resources on the web for writers attempting to free write. There is a site called OneWord that gives you a random word and instructs you to write about it for 30 seconds. This is a great way to practice free writing and kick those creative muscles into gear. Check out the Internet, you might find some interesting things.
· Keep a Writing Journal: This is a great habit for several reasons. Try getting down a 30 second free writing session every night. It can be about the project you’re trying to get done, something you saw on your way home from the grocery store, or a random idea you have. You’ll start ideas flowing, ideas that might become valuable in the future, and you’ll get good practice for free writing when it really counts.
Fanfare and All That Jazz
Once you’ve mastered the skill of free writing and have truly implemented it into your work, you’ll be amazed at the results. You’ll get out your best ideas, you’ll be more organized, and you’ll write with more creativity than ever before. Your audience will appreciate your writing that much more!
Just be sure you bar your door and keep locks on all your windows. You never know what crazy fans will do!