Free Writing

Free writing is a simple process that is the basis for other discovery techniques. Basic free writing follows these guidelines:

"Then free writing results in a mess?"

Yes, it certainly can. In fact, if your free writing is neat and coherent, you probably haven't loosened up enough. However, remember that you can't fail in free writing. The point of doing free writing is the process, not the end result. If you follow the guidelines, your free writing is successful.

Free writing has these benefits:

Some final suggestions for free writing:

My approach to free writing derives from Peter Elbow's work, especially Writing with Power, Oxford University Press, 1981, 1998.

Click here to see an example of free writing.

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