” Inspiration usually comes during work, rather than before it.”- Madeleine L’Engles, award-winning author.
The above quotation is so true. I teach my students that writing doesn’t happen in their minds, it happens while they’re at the notebook or keyboard. You start with a gem of an idea, and through writing, develop that idea. Amateur writers make the mistake of thinking they should have it all figured out before they sit down and write. But what if you don’t even know where to start? I want to share a way to make your writing much, much easier. The method called ‘free writing’ has helped hundreds of my students and clients free themselves from ‘writer’s block’. With free writing, they’re able to get their words out on paper.
Free writing is a very simple way to write where you set your fingers to the keyboard (or paper) and go. Use these guidelines to try free writing.
* Choose your topic
* Set a timer for 15 minutes ( the timer really helps, trust me!).
* Go. Write on your topic without worrying about it being any good or even coherent.
* At the end of the 15 minutes, set the writing aside and do something else.
* Print it up the next day or hours later
* Make notes about what you want to keep and what you want to dump.
* Go back to the keyboard and keep tweaking until you have a something you can live with.
Cynthia Morris is a writer and teacher that offers help to those of us who would love to write, who have it in our hearts, but can not figure out where to start or go with it. She has some great tips that I know will help me with my writing abilities.