• Kraig Brachman

How to Free Write

Free writing is a powerful tool for everyone at any skill level: for those just starting out writing English to professional writers wanting to push and play with the language. Free writing is a lot like a basic exercise, good for everyone who does it, and is foundational for higher activities. It is an inexpensive and practical way to work on your penmanship, practice your word recall and spelling, stretch your creative muscles, or maybe do some mental processing of a complex event that happened.

How to Free Write

So, what do you need to get started free writing?

First, you need something to write on. While you can type or tap out sentences on a keyboard or mobile phone, it is highly recommended that you get some paper and a writing utensil – it doesn't have to be fancy, but a pen/pencil should be reliable enough to write without interruption and paper that is lined.

Second, find a quiet space or a place where you can concentrate; I recommend an office, café, or heading to the library. Play non-lyrical music or something you can zone out, sit somewhere you can relax, feel comfortable, and won’t be bothered. Make a cup of your favourite tea or other delicious drink you enjoy. The point is to set yourself up somewhere you will be willing to stay for the duration of the exercise.

Third, set aside some time to focus on writing. Schedule a block of time to get set-up and schedule another time within that blog that you must get started by; the key is to set a time and stick to it, thinking you will just find the time won’t lead to a conducive free writing experience. For those just starting free writing, set 30 minutes aside.

Fourth, set a five-minute timer and...

Fifth, start writing and don’t stop