writing exercise

TaraYesterday I wrote about the benefits of meditation and physical exercise, such as swimming, in clearing the mind before writing. Today, I want to give a plug to the value of freewriting.

Whether the task before you is essay writing, report writing, proposal writing, business writing, technical writing, or some other type of writing, freewriting can help. Here’s how:

You have given your writing project so much thought that your mind is now full of ideas, some useful, some not. To separate the useful ideas from the rest, try viewing your mind as a thrift shop. As thrift shop fans know, if you devote some quality time to sifting through the confusing mass of items on the racks and tables, you will likely come across an absolute gem that’s worth far more than the asking price on the tag.

Years ago, I had a friend who was an expert thrift shopper. Whenever she went to a nearby thrift shop, Aardvark’s Odd Ark, she came home with flawless, classic cashmere sweaters and other treasures that cost only $2 or $3.

Freewriting is similar. Sit down in a quiet place for 10 to 20 minutes (set a timer) and write whatever is in your mind. This is especially pleasant when a writing friend or two joins you. Write as fast as you can, and when the time is up, enjoy a cup of tea and read what you have written out loud–to yourself if you are alone, or to a friend, in person or by phone. Chances are good that you will find a hidden gem or two or three. When you settle down for some serious writing, you can expand on those gems.

For more free writing tips, guidelines, and articles, visit Treasurefield Communications.

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