As writers, we ought to encounter writer’s block once in a while. Writer’s block distracts our mind with a stream of sidetracking thoughts then ruthlessly puts an end to our effort to finish the work.
Writer’s block is infamous for its efficiency in terms of stopping writers from crafting their pieces while freewriting is famous for being a lethal weapon of writers to slaughter writer’s block.
In this post, I’m going to showcase the fundamentals of freewriting and how it can help you get over writer’s block.
What Is Freewriting?
As its name suggests, freewriting means: writing freely. Does that definition make sense?
Okay, now comes a more precise definition: Freewriting is the art of writing relentlessly for a set period in which no pause of overthinking or editing is allowed.
What Does a piece of Freewriting Look Like?
I won’t hesitate to share what I freewrote, in 5 minutes, this morning.
Its nost so early in the morning and im freewriting right now. I don’t know what to write about. I don’t know what to write down. What should I write about? Im going to write a post about freewriting. I can write as fast as I want. J going to freewrite gright away. I jhave made a lot of mistakes but it’s ojkeay as long as Im freewriting. I’m just free writing.Time is about to be up. I’m not writing for anyone else. Im writing for myself. There is no need to care about grammar or sentence structure.What should I do today? Well, I don;’t know yet. Maybe I will write a blog post then read a book about critical thinking that I bought yesterday. Tghere may be no time left. Hurrup up!It’s so hot here. Where does that noise come from? It’s distracting me. I woke up late this morning and I feelt not so good.My brain isnot good at multi-taskkign.Im sidetracked by the sound from somewhwere I don’;t klnow.yesterday, I read a lot and I felt that I need to read more about critical thjiking.critical thinking is a quality that every person has to possess in order to thrive. Frankly, I’ve read a book about critical thinking but still didn’t get a senseof
As you might see, above is a block of dense text that is messy and ripe with errors. Having said that, I could jot down these 2 feasible ideas:
- The plan for today: In the morning, I would write a blog post about freewriting. Afterward, I would read the critical thinking book that I bought yesterday
- The type of book I need to read: I felt that critical thinking is crucial, so I decided to read books written on critical thinking
Most importantly, I had churned out 215 words over the course of 5 minutes. Those words helped me shift into the wanting-to-write-more mindset that resulted in my crafting this post.
What Are the Benefits of Freewriting?
Needless to say, freewriting is beneficial. That’s why it has been widely used among writers. In my opinion, these are the most obvious benefits:
- It gets you started with writing
- It silences the inner critic inside you—the one who insists that you’re a bad writer
- It enables you to explore the authentic voice of your writing
- It is a fun process, which lets you release your depression naturally
What Are the Uses of Freewriting?
- For overcoming writer’s block: Freewriting will help you get started even when you don’t want to write at all. Suggested usage: freewrite nonstop for 5 minutes
- For seeking motivation: Freewriting will help you become motivated again even when you’re about to quit. Suggested usage: write a lot of positive affirmations for 5 minutes; for example, you can repeatedly write this until the timer alarms, “I am a good writer. I write to make an impact. I write to change someone’s life”
- For brainstorming for ideas: Freewriting will help you come up with viable ideas even when you’re stuck. Suggested usage: think deliberately about a problem or a topic for 2 minutes. Afterward, when your mind is cluttered with some thoughts, write them down out of order for 5 minutes. Bear in mind that you have to be rushed
What Are the Rules of Freewriting?
The rules are simple. So don’t break them, or else freewriting is useless.
- Let go of the rules of formal English. Ignore grammar, spelling mistakes, and punctuation
- Write whatever comes to your mind. For instance, if you’re having no idea about what to write, just write, “I have no idea about what to write”; keep writing that phrase until another thought shows up
- Write as fast as you can. Write as if something of danger is chasing you or as if you are on fire
- Don’t stop. Don’t give your hands or your fingers a single moment of freedom
- Don’t look back and edit what you’ve just written
- Don’t worry about the quality of what you’re writing
How to Freewrite the Right Way?
Freewriting consists of 5 plain steps:
- Relax. Take some deep breaths to be calm
- Open a word processor, text editor, distraction-free writing tool, or, better yet, a pad
- Set a time limit then start the timer. There is no standard about how long you should write. Personally, I recommend freewriting for 5 minutes because a longer period may be counterproductive. By the way, check out E.gg Timer if you’re still wondering what timer to use
- Write until the time is up. Remember to follow the freewriting rules
- Read what you’ve written. Note down ideas that make sense for later usage
Bonus: 3 Distraction-Free Writing Tools
If you often find your mind wandering somewhere when writing, try to write in a distraction-free writing tool. Below are 3 useful tools:
Over to You
Do you freewrite?
Has freewriting helped you overcome writer’s block?
Have you devised another use of freewriting?
Let’s share in the comments!