A lot of the time, I want these free-writes to be about a topic that’s meaningful. Something that could potentially go on the blog. Something that’s well-organized and makes clear points.
But that’s not the goal of a free-write. It’s to get the brain thinking creatively.
Consider this scenario. You wake up at 5:35 a.m. Still groggy. Probably want to wake up at 7:35 or even 8:35 a.m. instead. After all, most people sleep in when they can, especially on a Sunday like today.
But you have this new mantra, “Break the chain.” Essentially, if you skip a day of moving your body (and free-writing), then you’ve “zeroed” yourself out.
You don’t have an end-goal in mind, you just know that it’s part of the process of reaching your full potential.
So you get to where you train every day, and you’re still 60 percent asleep. Can or should you expect your body to perform at its best right away? Of course not.
A free-write should not be peak writing performance. It’s a warm-up. It’s preparation for more writing. An inhibitor of writer’s block.
What I’ve honestly found about free-writing is that a topic generally comes to you by the first or second sentence. And that initial topic can inform the direction of the entire free-write session.
What I need to improve on is not going back and trying to improve my writing during the allotted time. The ideas should be able to freely flow on to the page.
If I’m going back and rewriting sentences then I’m limiting the amount of ideas that can flow through me. (I think of myself as a vessel for thoughts and ideas. I’m collecting them as they come.)
The goal, for now, is to utilize this free-writing technique all the time—including when I’m writing a feature story or perhaps a book down the line. Not only am I more satisfied with my output, but I also realize that all the self-doubt wasn’t necessary.
Writing should not be a struggle. Once you’ve learned how to type, and free-write every day, it should be done with ease. You won’t have to procrastinate until the very last minute.
You’ll want to jump at the opportunity before all the great ideas pass you by.