We're such big proponents of freewriting exercises here at the Fearless Type, so we decided it was high time we write a post entirely dedicated to it.
Let's jump right into what freewriting is exactly.
Freewriting is when you let your stream of consciousness take over and write whatever words come to your mind. It can take on many different forms, but in whatever way you decide to do it, freewriting is a great tool to use to exercise your brain and get back into what we like to call the "flow". If you haven't heard of that before, it's when you're in the writing zone, everything is coming along smoothly, and your creativity and imagination is taking flight. It's the moment where the lightbulb turns on and stays on. It's when you can't write fast enough to keep up with your thoughts. So, of course, the flow is a great place to be, but for many writers, it can be tricky to get there. That's where freewriting comes in. Freewriting allows you to throw off any constraints, rules, or fears and just WRITE.
So that probably already sounds good, but here are ten more compelling reasons why you should add freewriting exercises to your author's arsenal.
1. Freewriting helps you get past writers blocks.
2. Freewriting helps you exercise writing muscles, especially in areas you might not use consistently.
3. Freewriting helps you get into the flow of writing.
4. Freewriting can help you figure out things about your story or characters that have been giving you problems.
5. Freewriting is a good way to try out new literary styles.
6. Freewriting can help you clear your head when you have a lot on your mind.
7. Freewriting can help organize your thoughts and ideas.
8. Freewriting is a good way to ease back into writing after taking a long writing break
9. Freewriting is a short, easy daily practice to keep you writing even if you can't work on bigger projects
10. Freewriting allows you to challenge yourself to learn and grow.
Now that we've covered ten reasons why freewriting is a good idea, you're probably wondering how to go about this exercise! There are several ways to do this.
So there you have it. Freewriting is a simple topic with a lot of possible variations, and it's a powerful tool to have in your know-how as a writer. Let us know in the comments how you would use this technique in your writing life!