Writing freely

Read lots. Write lots. There is a real benefit to making freewriting a frequent, even daily, habit. The more you write, the more fluent you become. Confidence grows. And you are likely to find yourself playing, experimenting. Freewriting is for you alone. You can write whatever you wish.

It can be freeing in many ways. It can free the writing hand and mind from the mean and critical editor in your head. It can free your thinking, jiggling your ideas out of what seemed a dead end. It can free you, emotionally. Sometimes we can write away an anger or disappointment, sift through a problem, set out clearly where we are just now.

Whatever the writing does in terms of thinking and feeling, it is also putting the miles in. Just as your daily run builds you up for the marathon, so the daily writing tones your composing muscles.

I recently heard of a group of children whose love of writing grew out of daily freewriting sessions. They found themselves in charge of their own destinies in those daily ten minutes. Sweet and free.

They faced the blank page every day and dug into it. Maybe, some days, they just got down to it. They knew they had things to say. Sometimes a few given words breaks into the blankness and gets us started. It is a useful way to help children (and adults) get the hang of it. And the few starting words you offer can have the potential to send writers down particular paths. Try these. See how they work. See where they take you and create your own list of starters.

This morning ….

Every weekend …

I have been thinking …

Once u[on a time …

The worst / best thing about …

I often think …

The door opened …

Very far from here …

I just want to say …

The question is …

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