Just as simple as it sounds, the freewrite exercise is about writing without inhibitions.
- Write for a pre-determined limit, such as 15 minutes or 2 pages.
- You may use a computer, as it will allow you to write quicker and will cause less strain, but I have found more profound results writing by hand.
- Try to write concretely, sensorial, in images. Do not worry about “making sense”, do not think, pay no attention to grammar, forget spelling, and don’t use any punctuation. Write freely.
- Write as quick as you can.
When the predetermined point on the page is reached or the allotted time is up, stop writing. Put your free-write away. Do not read it. This is important so that you’re not distracted with the expectation of creating contact while you are writing.
Remember: once you begin writing do not stop – no pausing to reflect. The point is to write without thinking about what you will write.
Why to do it
The purpose of the exercise is to tap into unconscious material, calm your mind from swirling thoughts and help you to tap into the creative potential within. It is a great way to reach a calm, creative state before journaling or starting a project.
In addition, you can gather together multiple free-writes, and review them for inspirational material at a later date.