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What is Depth Freewriting?

Freewriting has been around for some time. Brenda Ueland wrote about it back in 1938 in her book If You Want to Write. Peter Elbow showed how freewriting makes writing accessible to everyone in Writing Without Teachers and other books.

Generally speaking, freewriting is simple: You write without stopping. … Read more

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Freewriting Exercise: Make Erasures

This exercise gets you to freewrite for the express purpose of deleting almost every single word, sparing a few here and there.

What is an erasure?

An erasure is a kind of poem that you make by taking a page of typewritten material and erasing most of it. The words … Read more

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Freewriting Exercise: ‘I Remember’ and ‘I Want’

Interesting things emerge from inviting opposites into the same space.

Delicious recipes often involve stirring together very different ingredients.

This is the kind of freewriting exercise that is as much about stirring up potential material as it is about simply getting into a state. Just as a singer needs to … Read more

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Debunking Writer’s Block: Your Writing Must Be Functional (Part 2)

To break through the block that you’re experiencing, try this simple formula:

  1. Write without stopping, no matter what.
  2. Stay in the present; perceive, don’t judge.
  3. Focus where you want to go.

These are the fundamentals of depth freewriting.

Write without stopping. Continue moving forward, even if:

  • you don’t know what
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Debunking Writer’s Block: Feel the Fear and Do It Anyway (Part 1)

The beliefs underlying writer’s block

Writer’s block comes in many forms.

The most obvious form is the “total stop” kind of writer’s block where even if you wanted to write something, you just can’t.

Writer’s block also takes other, more subtle forms. Sometimes it is merely a palpable constriction in … Read more

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Freewriting Exercise: Get Sensual With Sound

For this exercise, the main constraint is the auditory element.

Freewrite for ten or twenty minutes (at least), focused only on the sense of sound.

As you write, really get into the feeling of the sound.

You might listen to music and write the way a song feels.

You might … Read more

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Freewriting Exercise: Use Visuals (Photography, Illustrations)

Images are a great resource for writers to take advantage of.

With tools like Pinterest and Google Image Search, it’s trivial to dig up all sorts of useful images relevant to just about any element of a story.

For example, one great way to work on a novel with a … Read more

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Freewriting Exercises to Get You Flowing

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Freewriting Exercise: Write Using Hypotaxis / Parataxis

Writers are fortunate to have all sorts of different descriptive tools to label the things we do and how we use language to give shape to our thoughts and feelings.

This article introduces a couple of useful distinctions. They sound more complicated than they really are. They sound complicated because … Read more

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Freewriting Exercise: Explore Transitional Words and Phrases

What is a transition?

Transitional words and phrases are like little bits of logical padding that show how different subjects are connected.

Examples of transitional words:

  • in essence
  • in conclusion
  • meanwhile
  • thus
  • notwithstanding
  • subsequently
  • for instance
  • therefore
  • in particular
  • in truth
  • as a result
  • likewise

. . .plus a zillion … Read more