Writers' Ink at Caledon Public Library

Overcoming the Inertia of Perfectionism

Free writing

A simple writing technique called free writing

Free writing is the rapid, nonjudgmental capturing of ideas on paper (or in your word processor) as they rise to the top of your mind.

It is a technique that fiction and nonfiction writers use when they want to generate ideas, overcome writer’s block, or become more creative.

How to free write:

Write fast
Don’t give your brain a moment to pause or evaluate your thoughts. It doesn’t matter if you make typos or spelling mistakes while free writing — just keep getting the words out of your head and onto the blank page before the critical part of your brain has time to catch up.

Work against a limit of some sort
Limits give a writer confines within which to work. You can use a word count (the higher the better), a deadline, or a timer.

From ‘This Simple Writing Technique Will Help You Overcome the Inertia of Perfectionism‘ by Bryan Collins

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The Alton Chapter of Writers' Ink meets the 1st Wednesday of the month from 6:30 to 8:30 pm at the Alton Branch.

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This entry was posted on December 11, 2014 by in Writing Advice and tagged , , .

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