Writing 101 this week was supposed to be about plots, but I suck at plot, and I got stuck. And while I was working on the prompt posts here and there, I found a commentary about free writing. And I decided to write a post about it so that I could do a free write here and there.
A thing that used to happen a long time ago in my English classes, was the writing of a daily journal. And four days a week, we would be told what to put on the paper. And on Fridays, we got something glorious. We got the opportunity to write for a bit on a subject that we wanted to, with no direction from the teacher. More often than not, I actually wrote in a kind of code, because with the exception of one of my many English teachers, I didn’t want them to know that I actually liked to write. Why? Because they weren’t exactly the most accepting of the fact that a 6th grader (through 12th grade) could actually write better fiction than most of them could. I had mostly inconsiderate English teachers, and most of the time they were outright rude to students who had dreams of making it as writers, but I loved the value of the free write.
A free write journal allowed me to clear my mind, and get the cobwebs off my creative gears.
I enjoy free writing, it allows the mind to wander without direction, and allows the writer to be as discombobulated as they would like.
Truthfully, how one free writes is that you get to a new page, or a blank screen and you just start to write. Anything that your mind comes up with, you put down. It doesn’t need to all flow in a stream. It doesn’t matter if the various thoughts connect, or if they even make sense when read all in a line. Just write.