Welcome to Free Write Friday 101!
One of the most useful ways I have found to release my muse is to simply write. And I challenge you to do the same. Each Friday I will post a quote, poem, image or thought for you to ponder. It’s time to free yourself and all of those brilliant words trying to escape your brain; without fear, without worry of criticism, without that little editor devil on your shoulder telling you it’s not good enough. Grab a pen, open your notepad on your computer or use whatever tool it is that fits you best and let’s get writing!
You may write in any form you choose for the prompt as I will never discourage your pen, but I encourage you to try your hand at free verse for the exercise.
Here’s how it works:
- Turn off your editor! Do not over-think your work. Just keep writing.
- Embrace the flow! Allow your mind to run free with the ideas the prompt has dancing in your head. (no matter how far fetched or off the beaten path it goes,…Let. It. Go.
- Do not stop! Keep penning until you find yourself forcing your words or trying too hard to complete a thought. If you have to think too hard, you’re done.
Once your pen is dry, read over what you have written. You may be surprised to find that you have created a masterpiece! And you are free to tweak and edit at a later date. But at this point, for FWF, you want to leave it uncut and raw. A free writing piece should appear as a journal/diary entry.
Want to join my group of writing bandits? It’s as easy as 1,2 3…
- Post your work on your blog. (Please link back to the FWF post your are writing for)
- Leave a comment on the FWF post with your link.
- MY ONLY RULE: Be courteous and comment other participants. Especially if they did it for you. You can subscribe to the comments for each FWF to stay updated on new replies.
…DID YOU KNOW?…
- FWF prompts never expire! Write for past or present prompts ANY time.
- We’re On Twitter! Join the bandits & tweet your link using the #FWF hashtag,
Ready, set…Write! [View All Free Write Friday prompts here]
What is free writing?
Free writing — also called stream-of-consciousness writing — is a pre-writing technique in which a person writes continuously without regard to spelling, or grammar. It produces raw, often unusable material, but helps writers overcome blocks of apathy and self-criticism. It is used mainly by prose writers and writing teachers. Some writers use the technique to collect initial thoughts and ideas on a topic, often as a preliminary to formal writing.