Freewriting My Way Out of a Rut

So, things were going so good. I was writing again, had a piece published, was finding my voice again; then BAM!!!! I’ve hit the proverbial brick wall. I’m feeling stale. I need to come up with something to write about and keep myself moving forward. So that’s what this boring little post is going to be about, it’s time for me to freewrite.

I learned about freewriting many years ago on a little site called Gather.com. The site is no longer in existance, but I had so much fun there. I wish I could find another place like that one. I met a lot of nice people, learned a lot about writing in a variety of different genres, it was a blast. Then it was gone. Bummer.

Not that it needs an explanation, but freewriting is simply where you let your brain guide your fingers and run wild. One of the rules of freewriting is that you’re not supposed to edit your work until time is up, but I’ve never been able to follow that rule. Another rule is that you set a time limit for yourself. Most are about 10 minutes, but I don’t usually pay much attention to that rule either. I just write.

Freewriting is a great way to clear the clogs out of your head. It gives you a way to move all the daily crap to the side and find those little tidbits that could become your next sale. Just since I’ve started this post, I’ve had 2 or 3 little ideas pop into my head about where to go next. Once I come up with 5 of them, I’ll feel as though I’ve really accomplished something tonight.

That’s another thing, you’re not supposed to stop writing once you’ve started your freewrite. Yeah, that’s another one I don’t exactly adhere to. Really, I’m not really a rule-breaker by nature, but my take on the freewrite is that it’s about becoming one with the words. It’s about letting the message take hold of you and allows your imagination to be free.

The world can be a very stressful place and daily strain can cause a writer’s mind to become overwhelmed. A simple little freewrite session can help clear the mind. It’s a great way to scream at someone without the worry. It doesn’t even have to be something that anyone else reads. It’s just a release from everyday life.

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