Freewriting is a wonderful tool. Freewriting is all about coming to the page and just unloading thoughts, images, ideas, and yes, even gibberish. When I am caught between projects or feeling uninspired, I freewrite. I just open a page on my computer, or pick up a pen and a notebook, and I write whatever comes to mind; even if it seems ridiculous and unstructured. That’s the point of freewriting. Nothing is structured, there is no rhyme or reason.

I keep my freewriting nearby, and I review it to help me with current stories; sometimes, I can find a poem in the muddled thoughts of my freewriting. Often, a freewriting session will lead me down a different path and help me see a developing story in a different light –  like the other night, when I suddenly got up in the middle of the night to go to my study and write down a new perspective on a story I am working on, because a nagging image from a recent freewrite would not leave my mind.

Most of my blog posts, in this blog and  my other blog, I work on a few days before posting; I get my initial idea, I write, I polish and I edit. This post, was created on the spot…freewritten in all its glory.


  1. Belinda Pollard (@Belinda_Pollard) on June 30, 2013 at 1:00 am

    Hi JG, I’m reading a book at the moment called Accidental Genius which is about the power of freewriting. It’s an interesting concept. We need to get around the internal editor, and this seems to be one way to do it. So glad it works for you!

  2. J.G. Chayko on June 30, 2013 at 8:14 am

    Hi Belinda,
    Yes, I find it does work to help me through the rough patches. The hardest part was allowing myself to write badly. I’m still learning to go of my “editor” and just write whatever comes out.

  3. Victoria Grefer on August 26, 2013 at 1:20 pm

    It’s hard for me to train myself to do free writing the right way… not stopping, not caring if it doesn’t really makes sense. It’s a lot of fun though, and very useful!

  4. J.G. Chayko on August 26, 2013 at 2:07 pm

    I know what you mean. It was hard for me to let go of my editor; but now I find I am more comfortable just rambling on, and sorting out the useful bits.

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