Freewriting is a wonderful tool. Freewriting is all about coming to the page and just unloading thoughts, images, ideas, and yes, even gibberish. When I am caught between projects or feeling uninspired, I freewrite. I just open a page on my computer, or pick up a pen and a notebook, and I write whatever comes to mind; even if it seems ridiculous and unstructured. That’s the point of freewriting. Nothing is structured, there is no rhyme or reason.
I keep my freewriting nearby, and I review it to help me with current stories; sometimes, I can find a poem in the muddled thoughts of my freewriting. Often, a freewriting session will lead me down a different path and help me see a developing story in a different light – like the other night, when I suddenly got up in the middle of the night to go to my study and write down a new perspective on a story I am working on, because a nagging image from a recent freewrite would not leave my mind.
Most of my blog posts, in this blog and my other blog, I work on a few days before posting; I get my initial idea, I write, I polish and I edit. This post, was created on the spot…freewritten in all its glory.