If you’ve ever taken a creative writing class, you’re probably familiar with freewriting.
In high school, and even for a time after, my freewrites were nothing more than diary entries. I simply wrote about whatever was going on in my life. However, whenever I read a classmate’s freewriting, he had written a mesmerizing stream-of-consciousness piece that sounded like something out of a dream. It was poetic! Oh, I thought, that’s what we’re supposed to be doing.
As a writer, your creativity will only grow if you freewrite every day as part of your standard writing practice and as a tool to generate raw material for poetry and story ideas. It will have a huge impact on your writing and once you’re in the practice of freewriting 10 to 15 minutes every day, your writing will show dramatic improvements.
All you need to do is write. Not journaling about your life, but your internal monologue and free association thoughts. Words and phrases you’re passionate about, you’re thinking of, or are on your mind.
Remember – practice makes perfect. The more you do it, the easier it will become.
HOMEWORK: Freewrite for 5 short minutes and paste it in the comments below. Let’s see what you can come up with!