This is rather a short post, as I don’t want to over-complicate this. But I do want to share some insight into the art of free writing, and how it helps me. It’s a great technique to have when you’re feeling stressed and confused by your thoughts, as a private way of letting out the pressure from inside your head.
So what is free writing?
Free writing is writing whatever your thoughts are. Instead of trying to make your writing perfect worrying about spelling and grammar, you’re jotting down all the thoughts that come in your head.
It’s a way of exploring, a way of working out where your ‘at’ with everything and how thing’s have been going for you.
It’s not a simple list of what’s wrong such as anxiety, depression. It’s a creative representation of how those feelings affect you. It’s talking about what you’re going through, but expressing it, creatively, abstractly.
Wait…how do I let go
It sounds easy but this is something I actually struggled with the first few times I did it. The professional writer in my head just focused on how what I was writing didn’t make any sense and all the reasons why it wasn’t okay.
What I forced myself to realise, was that this is okay to be the most messed up piece of writing you’ve ever written. I just allowed myself to write whatever came in my head and tried not to think about it.
This is only for you. You’re the only person who will see this writing (although your more than welcome to share it with someone and therefore it is private, and you can write freely.
So, what does it do?
It gets things out. Instead of being trapped in your head you’ve allowed the thoughts to come onto paper. You’re creating a personal space between you and the paper you’re writing on. Space where you can truly be you. Without fear of judgement or other people knowing. A space to do whatever you want.
I’m not going to share my own free writing with you. That would breach the space I’ve created, and also may be triggering especially extracts in my low extract.
This is a rather short post but I don’t want to overcomplicate things. So if you need any more information, let me know in the comments.