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