Why I love free writing

Hey, it’s Katherine! Do you ever find yourself drawn to write with no clear idea as to where anything is going? It’s an odd feeling it must be said. Free writing is the concept of just writing whatever comes to mind without planning or forethought. It’s an expression of your minds pure imagination and while it might not be the best or most complex stylistic piece of poetry or prose, it can be an excellent jumping off point.

Sometimes it can be nice to free writing for a deeper understanding of your characters. Write something about their childhood or a room description that never makes it into the final story. Or sometimes it can be a way of just opening your mind to new concepts or ideas. I could free write about the colour red if the colour becomes a symbol through a poem.

The important thing to remember about free writing is that it is supposed to be free. Don’t pressure yourself into writing something you are not feeling when you are just searching for ideas. Let your mind wander and take the trail off the beaten path. Find new things and go completely off topic. This is a tool to be used for inspiration not for final work. In all honesty some of the favourite poems that I written were at least in part free writes. I didn’t sit down and plan them out or try and stick to a certain structure. I just let the words flow. And just remember you can always edit later.

So relax and just write. Free writes don’t have to be shared or published or go anywhere. They are your words to keep hold of and change and maybe never use again but just let your pen hit the page and see where the language takes you.

Happy Writing x

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New Series

Hey there, long time no see I know. I promise there will be more content soon. Anyway, I have the first little taste of a new series of posts on some writing workshops I did with METAL which is a creative organisation. I have recently taken part in their writer’s house course and it was phenomenal. We were lead by four extraordinary poets and I will be revealing what they taught me over the next few posts.

I have a little teaser of the first bit of poetry I wrote on the course. Only four lines, but the first four lines of an amazing adventure.

Is it wrong of me to think,

that you so alone, would grip so tight?

How is it that though your mask falls,

and you are so cold, that you would still take flight?

I BLAME LAKOFF: a woman’s view on language inequality

Before getting into the main article I want to clarify that this was written as one of my practise papers in A level English Language and not all of the views are my own personal opinions and were expressed to show a directed opinion in my mock exam. I achieved 30/40 marks in this question and was really happy with the outcome of this paper. I hope you enjoy this example answer from the 2016 AS English Language paper 2.  (more…)

Writing – My actual GCSE answer 36/40

Hey, it’s Katherine. So I got a level 8 in my English language GCSE. I was so happy when my English teacher decided she wanted to recall my paper so that it could be used as an example piece. I got 36/40 for this question: 23/24 for content and 13/16 for grammar. I have changed a couple of grammatical errors that I spotted but other then that and a word I had to guess at because it was covered by the examiners marking, it is completely unchanged. I couldn’t find the same image that the exam board used but the image is a pretty close to the tone of the original image and to the tone of my writing. I am so proud of this piece of work and hope you enjoy or that this is helpful to you if you are studying for your GCSEs.

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What is your mission? Jan 1 – Q & A a day

Hey, it’s Katherine! Sorry about the whole long-time-no-see thing. It’s been a bit mental the past couple of months and I thought I was getting back on track but apparently not. Oh well, you’re going to be seeing a lot more of me now.

I have been meaning to post more and share more stuff about myself and who I am as an individual and I thought that a really nice way of doing this would be with one of those 5-year Q and A journals. I don’t think I’ll be doing these questions for five years but we can start with one and see where we go.

1st January – What is your mission?

I have a couple of different missions going on at the moment so I’ll explain them all.

Writing

I want to write a lot more and create more content for this website and to expand my work for the Kingdoms of Ardor so that I am able to share more of that world with you. I want to become more dedicated to sticking to a tighter schedule and writing on demand rather than just when inspiration hits me.

Control

At some point, I’ll do a bullet journal walk-through and you can look at my page for my word of the year. This year I have chosen to have control as my word of the year. My life has gotten very complicated and quite out of hand recently and this year I want to be able to take back control of everything I am doing. I’m sort of splitting it down into more manageable section by having words of the month as well. January’s is organisation as this is a key area that helps you to stay on top of everything else.

God

This will probably sound quite cliche really. I am trying to get closer to God and my own spirituality and understand Christianity a lot more. I have a bible reading guide and I want to be reading the bible every day and learning to understand the word of God. I think like quite a lot of people, I have had a particularly rocky relationship with God and with Jesus. I am sort of trying to fix that. I plan on getting rebaptised at some point this year. I was christened as a child but a lot has happened since then and I think that some reaffirmation would be helpful.

School

I am in my first year of A levels and need to learn how to stay on top of everything and actually learn how to revise and work on myself as a student. I have always been fairly smart so throughout my GCSEs I didn’t need to try very hard to achieve the grades I did. A Levels is a totally different ball game and I need to really work a lot harder to get where I want to be.

Okay, guys and girls, that’s it for my missions this year. Let me know if you have any particular goals or missions for this year in the comments x

Until tomorrow x Katherine x