F is for Freewrite

| February 18, 2014

For those who aren’t familiar with the technique, Freewriting involves writing nonstop for a set amont of time—pen to page, or, in this case, fingers to keys. It’s not so much about th the speed of ideas, but just that you are consistently, always writing something down. Usually, when freewriting on a laptop, you cover the screen so you are unable to see what it is you are writing. This is a technique that has been taught to me in m English Education classes, and is one that can be used with students. It is a way of increasing fluency when writing, without worrying so much about what exactly it is that is being produced in terms of content.

The idea is that, without our editorial lenses on, we will be able to write out whatever it is that is most on our minds. We can surprise ourselves with the words that we produce. Out of the chaos, order can eventually come. Or, like the chaotic lines that come from wayfaring or wandering as opposed to traveling, whatever is produced can just be, can just exist on its own.

Students or writers of all kinds can, in this technique then, get down absolutely anything. Even if they have no inspiration and don’t know what to write, they can write I don’t know what to write I don’t know what to write I don’t know what to write and thousand times over, but the fact is, even if they don’t know, they are still writing something—anything. I won’t lie. I wasn’t sure what to do for my second post this week. But, I have found the Freewriting has been an excellent way for me personally to combat writer’s block—and it’s a technique I hope to share with my future students. By turning this technique into a post about writing itself and an educational tool for others who similarly experience writers block or just need to get some thoughts, any thoughts down on a page, I lost my train of thought and am not sure where this sentence began. But at any rate it seemed like a fun way to tackle this post in a hand-on way.

I also know that for those of us who have editor’s minds, or tend to worry or be anxious about what is being put down on the page (writing—even typing—has power to it, after all, and sometimes that power puts a weighted pressure on the words we produce), I lost my train of tought again. It’s really hard to continue thoughts on the computer when you aren’t allowing yourself to see what is there in the first place. Ah, but it is a way of freeing yourself and letting go of that editorial anxiety. Although what is produced may know be aesthetically pleasing, when free writings creatively, incredibly random, powerful, aestheticwords can work their way through the jumble You can transform this into coherent poetry afterwards or just leave it as it stand. And then TIME IS UP.

[[And the chaotic wayfaring that is the freewrite is done. I will leave my mistakes/ errors in the above post so that this freewrite (or, rather, free type) about freewriting will be genuine.]]