Our Review Board Is Open!

Day(s)

:

Hour(s)

:

Minute(s)

:

Second(s)

Deadline: Thursday, June 17th

Freewriting

It happens to the best of us: writer’s block. Whether your writing efforts are coming up empty or your thoughts are just too jumbled to make sense, freewriting (or stream-of-consciousness writing) is a great creative writing technique for generating new ideas or developing a vague idea into something concrete—like an essay, short story, or poem. Some authors even use freewriting to flesh out or organize their novels. Other writers simply enjoy the freedom of letting their thoughts flow, with the editorial/critical side of their brains turned off. Amazing things can result when you let your mind run free!

 9 Freewriting Tips: How To Begin A Stream-Of-Consciousness Writing Session

  1. Find a quiet spot with no distractions, and grab a pen and paper (or open a blank document).
  2. Briefly clarify your goal. Are you searching for general inspiration or trying to work out a character’s backstory?
  3. If you’re freewriting to hone your craft or refill your mental gas tank, try one of our writing prompts to get you started.
  4. Set a timer for five to ten minutes—twenty or thirty if you’re a more experienced writer.
  5. Now, turn off your brain. The key to freewriting is NOT to think too much. Set pen to paper and start writing whatever comes to mind. Let the words flow out of your head and onto the paper.
  6. If you’re completely drawing a blank, write whatever nonsense comes to mind—even “My brain is mush. My brain is mush.”
  7. Throw all grammar and punctuation rules out the window, and feel free to ignore conventional spelling. (Doesn’t that feel great?) You can edit later when you’re translating your freewriting into a finished, polished piece.
  8. Keep the momentum going by not reading what you’ve written until the freewriting session is over. Again, the key is to not think too much.
  9. A technique called “mapping” can be helpful if you’re wrestling with a specific idea. Write your main idea in the middle of a page, with branches extending outward for words, phrases, or ideas associated with it. More branches can extend from each main branch for subtopics or related ideas.

Submit to Review Board

How To Interpret And Use Your Own Freewriting

Once you’re finished…what do you do with your freewriting? You may find nothing usable comes from one session; it may take several to produce anything worthwhile. Or you might find inspiration from just one word or phrase that leads to a longer piece, like a poem or even the beginnings of a book.

The key to effective freewriting is practice. Consider making it a part of your prewriting ritual every time you sit down to write. With freewriting, you can escape your inner critic—and free the writer within!

Writer QuestionsQUESTION: Have you had success with freewriting?

 

2 Comments

  1. Thomas Ault

    We had a writing group in Florida that met weekly. We were given names, places, or subjects to write about in 30 minutes. At the end of the period we read them and they were critiqued by the group. It was a wonderful experience and made us concentrate of what we were assigned. Writing “out of the blue” is a wonderful method of gaining the potential of your thinking and writing.

    Reply
  2. asis biswas

    i like share my poems with you

    Reply

Submit a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Review Board Deadline June 17th

Day(s)

:

Hour(s)

:

Minute(s)

:

Second(s)

 

 

Search

Reviews

“Getting that first poem published was the hardest threshold to cross. My team at Writer’s Relief kept encouraging me…then came the acceptance! We celebrated…then I continued writing, and Writer’s Relief continued doing the wonderful work they do!”

—King Grossman, Writer
(Watch King’s video testimonial here!)

“Every piece I have sent out with their help has been accepted for publication! I am looking forward to working with the team on getting my new novel out into the world.”

Services Catalog

Free Publishing Leads
and Tips!

Featured Articles

 

 

 



 

 

 

 

Featured Video

Follow us!



YES, IT'S MY LUCKY DAY!
Sign me up for
FREE Publishing Leads & Tips
  • This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.

WHY? Because our insider
know-how has helped
writers get over 18,000 acceptances.

FREE Publishing Leads and Tips! Our e-publication, Submit Write Now!, delivered weekly to your inbox.
  • BEST (and proven) submission tips
  • Hot publishing leads
  • Calls to submit
  • Contest alerts
  • Notification of industry changes
  • And much more!
close-link


STOP! BEFORE YOU GO...
Sign me up for
FREE Publishing Leads & Tips
  • This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.

WHY? Because our insider
know-how has helped
writers get over 18,000 acceptances.

FREE Publishing Leads and Tips! Our e-publication, Submit Write Now!, delivered weekly to your inbox.
  • BEST (and proven) submission tips
  • Hot publishing leads
  • Calls to submit
  • Contest alerts
  • Notification of industry changes
  • And much more!
close-link
Live Chat Software

Pin It on Pinterest

Share This