The Rules of Freewriting

Published on Nov 23, 2015

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The Rules of Freewriting

Let's first talk about play. . .

  • Our best material comes from playing, without fear and judgment 
  • Remember you as a child: 
  • Did you think you were a good artist? actor? singer? story teller? dancer?
  • Did it matter to you even if you weren't?
  • Remember the wild abandon of being little and free
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Embrace the inner creator & not the inner critic

Freewriting Rules

  • Write without stopping
  • Write the whole time
  • Don't worry about grammar or spelling (for now!)
  • Follow the dog, slide down the rabbit hole.  
  • To quote Frozen. . ."Let it go."
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Freewriting hints:

  • Keep a journal. Morning or night pages.
  • Start in the present moment, what you are thinking and feeling.
  • Describe your surroundings using all of your senses.
  • If you feel stiff, uninspired, self-conscious, write about it!
  • Write where you don't want to go.  Write through the dulled brain moments.
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Get into your "zen" space. . .

Think of nothing. Allow for space.
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What happened to you?

Write for yourself. Take out your object and go somewhere.

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Freewrite day 2:

  • After, you will have an opportunity to share in small groups
  • You have options:
  • Share all of what you wrote
  • Share some of what you wrote
  • Talk about what you wrote or talk about process
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Get into groups of five.
Share your writing based on the rules.
Get to know your tribe.
Read your homework with your tribe.
You will share when you return.

Goal setting -

  • goals for the term
  • predictions
  • question
  • advice
  • record the moment
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