#atozchallenge : F is for #Freewriting #fiction #writing #quotes

Theme: Quotes from Authors and Bookish People about Writing

April is well on it’s way, and I’m beginning to feel a little crazy already– my head buzzing with all the posts I’ve read so far. Great job, AZers!

Today, we talk about Freewriting:

Free writing is a prewriting technique in
which a person writes continuously for a set period of time without regard to
spelling, grammar, or topic. It produces raw, often unusable material, but
helps writers overcome blocks of apathy and self-criticism. It is used mainly
by prose writers and writing teachers. Some writers use the technique to collect
initial thoughts and ideas on a topic, often as a preliminary to formal
writing. Free writing is not the same as automatic writing.

Unlike brainstorming where ideas are simply
listed, in freewriting one writes sentences to form a paragraph about whatever
comes to mind
.” ~Wikipedia

 Here are the writing quotes for today:

Don’t over edit. Don’t second-guess yourself, or your ideas. Just
write. Write every day, and keep at it. It’s all
about persistence and passion. And have fun with it. Don’t forget to
have fun

Heather Grace Stewart

In quickness is truth. The more swiftly you write, the more honest you
are. In hesitation is thought. In delay comes the effort for a style,
instead of leaping upon truth which is the only style worth deadfalling
or tiger-trapping

Ray Bradbury
Have you every done Freewriting?  When did you first use it ? Has it helped you?

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  1. lynnelives

    I freewrite when I need to. when I'm sat there with not knowing what I'm doing or when I've not written for a while and I need to get my fingers tap tapping again. Mostly I think my novels are written in a sort of freewriting with topic.. The initial rough edits of typos come at the end of the day.

  2. Barbara Martin (@Reptitude)

    Freewriting is an interesting technique. If I begin freewriting, within a few minutes I usually have located a topic and launched into it, despite beginning without that intention. Sort of an inverse reaction. 🙂 THanks for the reminder!

  3. Emma

    I've tried it but I'm not that good at it. It's probably a control thing with me. I think I'll give it another try until I can be free in free writing. LOL

  4. Jillian Lisa Pearl

    Freewriting is my favorite method to get myself writing again when I feel stuck. I call it random writing. I almost always do it in a composition book with a Bic ballpoint pen. Something about handwriting it seems less like work and more connected somehow. It's hard to explain. Everyone should try this at least twice.

  5. Pam Margolis

    In quickness there is truth. I believe that. I call it a brain dump. Get ALL the information out of my brain. Edit later. Thanks for the great post!

  6. Huntress

    I didn't have a name for what I do, namely writing long-hand in a spiral notebook then transposing on a keyboard. Good to know I'm not the only one, LOL

  7. Trisha F

    I have done this, but only a few times, and only back in high school and maybe a few years after graduation! I think it's a great idea.

  8. Sheena-kay Graham

    I'm not sure I completely with Ray's quote. You can lie quickly too. I free write best with fan fiction funny enough. I have a big collection of notebooks filled with fan fiction. My w.i.p.s. are numerous but no contest.

  9. Liz Blocker

    I'm a huge proponent of free writing – I do it all. The. Time. Sometimes it produces crap, and sometimes it's golden, but either way, it gets me where I need to go.

  10. Sorchia DuBois

    Free writing is my favorite way to defeat the blank page and the plague of procrastination. Just putting fingers on the keyboard and getting on with it. As a teacher I used it to show reluctant writers how much they could write in just a few minutes…and how easy it is when you don't continually second guess yourself.

  11. Tizzy Potts

    I enjoy free writing. It's a great way to get my thoughts onto the page. I suspect a lot more of my subconscious ideas come out when I am not censoring myself or worrying about style. Then I can tidy it up afterwards.

    ~Tizzy @ Creative Therapy

  12. Michelle Stanley

    Freewriting is what I do most of the time. It allows me the opportunity to let my thoughts and personality show in my content, and not emulate another person's writing style.

  13. Hemant

    Yeah..Now I realize that I even use freewriting while writing poems 🙂
    Rather then finding rhyming words; I would pen my thoughts first and later on make it sound like a poem 🙂

  14. Sue McPeak

    Yay, I found your comment box…thank-you! Freewriting is a great way to as you say, collect your thoughts and ideas before they fly away from your mind. I freewrite in my head and in my dreams and often get right on the PC to post it for posterity or a post. BTW…your colored pencils are a reminder to 'Freewrite' in COLOR.
    Sue at CollectInTexas Gal