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Facing the blank page - using free writes to get ideas flowing!
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Free Write Fun

Published on Nov 18, 2015

This Deck shares how to get started with writer's notebooks and free writing. I've used this with students at the beginning of the school year but it's also great for anyone who wants to write and get their creative juices flowing!

Writer's Notebooks gives student writers the opportunity to gather story ideas any time and anywhere. Free writing is a way to release all those ideas. This deck shares how free writing is about focusing on the content and letting ideas flow.


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Facing the blank page - using free writes to get ideas flowing!

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Essentially, writers have the job of making something out of nothing. But it doesn't have to be a daunting experience to fill a blank page.

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The amazing part about being a writer is that, like Natalie Goldberg says, "I am free to write the worst junk in the world." We can imagine and daydream as much as we want and we're welcome to write whatever comes to mind.

Free Writing Rules!

  • keep your hand moving
  • let your ideas flow
  • focus on ideas
  • be brave
Free writing helps us get our words on the page. Here are the rules to free writing: keep your hand moving, focus on ideas, let your ideas flow, and be brave. I remind writers that spelling and punctuation doesn't matter. I also explain that it's okay to write banana or any random word over and over if you get stuck. There is not crossing out and no overthinking. Just write!

Free Write Time!

For some writers, free writing is a totally new and different kind of beast so I model first. I make sure my mind wanders and I write everything that pops into my head. I usually free write for 1 minute to start and then increase the time as stamina builds.

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When I'm ready to free write, I say to myself, "Bring it on, blank page!" I model this for writers and invite them to say it along with me.

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After I model a free write, I come back to this. "I can write. I am a writer. The proof is on the page." There are so many emotions that come with writing but the most important thing to remember is that we've added words to the paper. Wonderful words that can be revised. And that's something to celebrate.