What is a free write? It is essentially writing without conscious thought.
Most free writes go like this:
You write down whatever comes into your mind for 15 straight minutes either as a word purge (no topic at all) or on a prompt.
There is no right or wrong way of doing a free write, but here are some tips with the way I do it:
I find a place where I am comfortable writing
To completely drown out any unwanted sounds, I put on some soothing instrumental music
A timer is very helpful so I set my timer for about 17 minutes
The best time to do a free write is when you are relaxed so I allow myself a little relaxation time of about 2 minutes – a nice short song length
Then I start writing – anything that comes into my mind, remembering that it does not need to make sense
When the timer goes off, I will either round off the sentence or if the thoughts are flowing I will keep going for a line or two more. Remember there is no absolute 15 minute rule, but as a start 15 minutes is a good length and initially it will feel like a pretty long time.
Once I’ve finished. I go back and tidy up the grammar, punctuation and paragraphs but other than that, keep the writing untouched.
I remind myself it’s not a competition. The idea is not to feel ashamed of what I write but to have some fun and maybe a chuckle or two.
Once you get the hang of a free write, it is quite easy to do and it always amazes me how it turns out.
So for today, let’s do a free write either as a word purge (just letting your thoughts ramble) or pick a prompt for yourself – a word, phrase, quote, song, book, anything you want to write on (and naturally the prompts below) and let your fingers fly for 15 minutes. You can add any videos, pictures etc to your post once you have finished so that’s not counted in the 15 minutes.
Don’t sanitize your work – post as you wrote it (you can tidy up the grammar, punctuation and paragraphs)
Don’t worry about the length of your post.
Don’t plan or procrastinate on anything, just go for it and let your fingers do the writing.
Don’t worry about how it will turn out – have faith that whatever you write will be great – you’ll be surprised what turns up. Trust me on that.
And some Dos
Do have fun.
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Prompts for this week
1. Write a poem that is about a brick wall – whether literally or figuratively.
2. Write about a point in life where things turned for the better or worse.
3. A well-loved toy from my childhood.
4. “No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.” – Eleanor Roosevelt, This is my Story. Use this is a post of your own
5. Picture Prompt (copyright Living my Imperfect Life)