Sunday, May 15, 2011

Writing Tip # 4: Freewriting

Just as athletes warm-up with stretches before they exercise, I often warm-up before writing. My favourite warm-up is freewriting. But what is freewriting? Freewriting is writing without planning, and these are the rules:

1. Write whatever comes into your head (no matter how strange)
2. Don’t correct your work
3. Don’t stop until your time is up.

Why not try it? Write for three minutes without stopping and you might be surprised with what you’ve written. Maybe it could be something you can use in a story.


Andrea Mack said...

This is such a good idea! I was doing it for a while, but then dropped the habit. I'm going to start again!

Sue said...

Hi Andrea
It works for me - takes the pressure off producing something perfect and polished, but sometimes you discover a gem.