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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Poetry Corner – Demons

Hey guys, it’s Katherine. I found this poem when I was looking through one of my old school books from when we covered gothic literature. It was fun to write and I think it is always nice to find bits of old writing you can relearn to love. Don’t look too deeply into this one… I might write like this from time to time but these generally aren’t thoughts that cross my mind on a regular basis.

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Poetry Corner – Fire Night

Hey guys, it’s Katherine. This next poem is one of the first poems that I ever wrote and it was for one of my English projects in year 7. I think it was 5th November so my teacher lets the class do a creative writing piece about Guy Fawkes Night. I was 11 at the time so no judging. This is about a couple who fall in love during fireworks night. Quite short, but very sweet and innocent. Now on to the Poetry

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Poetry Corner – A Family Divide

Hey guys, It’s Katherine. This is my other published poem mentioned in My experience with Young Writers, that I am very excited to share with you. I entered a young writers competition with the help of my school at the age of 13 and was successful in getting published in the ‘War of Words’ anthology. It is about my parents getting divorced and I was just doing angry and didn’t really understand my own feelings. I really find writing helps clear my mind. If you want to enter a young writers competition then check out their website for the latest news https://www.youngwriters.co.uk/. On to the poetry!

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Poetry Corner – What do words mean?

Hey guys, it’s Katherine. This is one of the poems I talked about in my previous post My experience with Young Writers. This is the more recently written of the two and covers an important message I feel should be shared. I was so incredibly thrilled when the letter came saying I had been published in the ‘teenage voices’ anthology. Be sure to check them out https://www.youngwriters.co.uk/. I am going to start regularly posting my own poetry as encouragement to myself to improve my craft. For the first couple of posts, it will be work that I have already written and want to share. If there are any topics you would like me to write about send me a message, whether it be any tips and tricks or themes for poems you want me to write. Anyway… on to the poetry!

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My experience with Young Writers

Hey guys, it’s Katherine. Some of you might be aware of a website called https://www.youngwriters.co.uk/. This site hosts creative writing competitions for young people from the ages of 4-18. I have been published twice through their poetry competitions: first in ‘War of Words’ anthology with my poem ‘A family divide’, the second time in ‘Inner Voices’ with ‘What do words mean’. I entered the first competition as part of my school so there was an internal competition that I won. With ‘What do words mean’ I entered by myself which I felt gave me more freedom as my school imposed additional rules as well.

I think that Young Writers has amazing poetry competitions but is lacking in their creative writing because of their word limits. Stories generally have to be less than 300 words which I find is too limiting for my own style of writing. Young Writers adds new competitions every few weeks so for anyone with aspiring children, cousins, yourselves if you are still in secondary school please enter some of them and have your work published before you are out of your teens.

Get Writing!

Hey guys, it’s Katherine x

Hey Guys, It’s Katherine.  Welcome to my blog. This is where I will be telling you as much as I know about writing and life. I want to be like a big sister to you all and help you out in any way I can so if there are any particular kinds of things you want me to talk about feel free to message me and I will try my best to give you the best advice I can. I myself am a lovely little studenty bug that is about to be squished by life (and A Levels). I’m hoping that some of you will be in a similar position; whether that be you want to write, or you want to know how to escape the uncertain demise of your life that occurs when you’re a student. I will hopefully be keeping to some kind of schedule during this crazy part of my life and be sharing with you a variety of content from writing tips and tags, to how not to fail exams or how to cope with mental health. Feel free to send me questions or topics you would like me to discuss x