The secret weapon for writing better, faster, and easier

Every writer of every kind sometimes faces “writers’ block.” Every writer, no matter how talented and experienced, also sometimes writes crappy copy.

Get used to it.

But there’s a tool that can really minimize those painful facts of life: Freewriting.

Read about how freewriting can help you at A Simple But Powerful Method For Getting More Writing Done (and Much Faster) at Inc.com.

Here’s how to do freewriting:

  • Set a timer for 10 minutes.
  • Start writing. Don’t stop to think or read what you’ve written until time is up. Just write.
  • Ignore grammar, spelling, and punctuation. Nobody else needs to read what you write. It’s okay if you write garbage.
  • If you don’t have any ideas, write anyway. If you don’t have anything to say, write nonsense. If all you can think of is how annoying this exercise is, just write I hate freewriting. If you feel bored or uncomfortable, write about that.

Want to know more about freewriting and similar approaches to writing? Read Writing With Power: Techniques for Mastering the Writing Process by Peter Elbow.


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