When I was in grad school I discovered the magic of freewriting. It certainly helped me work through new ideas and writer’s block when I was working on my dissertation, but I’ve not consistently kept up the habit in recent years. I need to get back to it. It works. Simple as that.
I’ve been stuck on an idea for a little while now so yesterday I decided to do some freewriting to help get unstuck. I shut off the laptop, grabbed a pen and a notebook and began to write. I surprised myself by writing 8 pages. Not all of it is usable, and some of it is repetitive. However, the exercise brought out some ideas and approaches that I didn’t even know I was thinking about.
I need this to be a productive summer on the writing front. I have a number of projects started and need to move them on out. I am officially committing to doing a session of freewriting every day. You can hold me to that.