Sunday, January 15, 2012

Start Writing with Free Writing

Free Writing
FREE WRITING! One of the ways to get the thoughts flowing is FREE WRITING! Freewriting is where you start and write non-stop until you exhaust your ideas for the moment. But, to be really Free and let the thoughts spill and pour out you need a small stopper!

Time yourself; put a stopwatch, alarm or whatever but if it is 5 minutes then stop writing as it rings - don’t even try to finish the word!• Open your notebook and just start writing whatever comes to your mind, however disconnected they are. Don’t think! Just write…Cool na!

Start Writing
• You could use a cue or prompt. The cue or prompt is to take any word that comes to you like 'bike', 'games', 'high' or any word you think of on the spot and start writing without pausing to think of grammar, spelling
• Alternatively, open a page from the dictionary and close your eyes – point to a word. Open your eyes and use that word. Leave aside, what you have written, if you do not want to read it right now, for this is our brain warming exercise.
When you read, you will find that in a hurry in freewriting, you have overlapped words or cannot decipher what you have written but mostly you will find you have expressed yourself from the heart a feeling of taking that first step and that's all that counts...for now.
 No one to stop you, no one to ask you to correct it! So keep it or crumple it – the important thing is the brain has that one thing it probably never had in school, college and later – The Freedom to express! 

You could also start writing your diary with freewriting in short sms language, to get across your thoughts. Or take your time and write it very neatly. Lock it if you must. If you are using a computer keep it in your folder name uh – ‘free writing’ (too obvious, then choose anything as long as only you know where it is!). Until you get confident, you might not want anyone to read, and your secrets should be safe with you! I think this should be enough for a day. There are other exciting free writing exercises and brain storming
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