Get Yourself Out of Writer's Block with Free Writing Exercises:
Free writing is helpful when you need to get out of a writer's block. The material you write while engaging in this exercise, actually brings up things you never thought you would write about. Believe me, I have tried it and end up having a few good laughs at some of the stuff I have written. Try it, don't be afraid to let me know what you think of this type of writing exercise. Contact me at email@example.com
Free writing follows these simple guidelines:
• Write nonstop for a set period of time (10–20 minutes).
• Do not make corrections as you write.
• Keep writing; even if you have to write something like, "I don't know what to write."
• Write whatever comes into your mind.
• Do not judge or censor what you are writing, just let your writing flow.
Free writing has these benefits:
• It makes you more comfortable with the act of writing.
• It helps you bypass the "inner critic"
• It can be a valve to release inner tensions.
• It can help you discover things to write about.
• It can indirectly improve your formal writing.
• It can be fun.
• Use the writing tool that is most comfortable for you— pencil, computer, or whatever.
• Don't cross anything out: Write the new idea down; leave the old one.
• Drop all punctuation. That can make your free writing faster and more fluent.
(content on free writing guidelines and the benefits are borrowed from http://web.mst.edu/~gdoty/classes/concepts-practices/free-writing.html)
Coming this week:
My next blog post will be a review of the "Aboriginal People, Resilience and the Residential School Legacy" from the Aboriginal Healing Foundation (AHF) Research Series books and then I will have a guest post write up about the AHF by Dr. Cynthia Wesley-Esquimaux.