Do you practice free writing? Also known as stream of consciousness writing, this method is often used by English professors to ‘loosen up’ her students at the beginning of a class.
But it is also useful for the aspiring writer, or anyone who has run into writers block. Free writing helps release the tension and apprehension of facing a blank page. To free write, simply pick a topic and set a timer for 10-20 minutes. The only real rules are, write, don’t worry about what you’re writing (it’s not meant to be reused), punctuation or mistakes, and don’t stop writing until the buzzer goes. That’s about it.
More often than not, especially when you first begin free writing, the end result of your 10 minute of subconscious vomiting will largely be an incoherent mess. On the other hand, sometimes you will be surprise by the lucid thoughts and feelings that fall out your head.
Free writing can help you write without worrying about the quality – a problem that plagues many new writers. When you are starting out, the most important thing to do is to simply write… at every opportunity. You can’t expect everything to be good, you shouldn’t even hope for it; instead concentrate on improvement – Improvement through practice!
So let’s write!