One of my favorite things to do is free write. I love it, for so many different reasons. For the most part, I love it because it’s freeing, just like the name implies. But there are three specific cases when it can be especially helpful.

Writing is magic.

Writing is magic. Photo by Evonne. Modified by The Write Practice

1. As a warm up 

This is one of the best ways for me to start the day. I don’t think, don’t go back to fix mistakes, I just write. It’s such a wonderful feeling, your fingers flying across the keyboard, creating nothing at all, yet the words are filling up the page faster than ever before. 

2. When you’re stuck

Whether you have writer’s block or you just can’t figure out what project to work on next, free writing is a great way to get those creative juices flowing. There’s no such thing as a mistake when you intentionally set out to write absolute gibberish.

3. To work through a problem

This works with any kind of problem, writing-related or otherwise. If you have a big decision to make or you’re unsure how to approach something in your life, free writing can help you to figure out your feelings on the situation. If you’re like me, you probably have an easier time expressing your thoughts on paper or by typing than you do verbally.

How does free writing help you?

PRACTICE

Free write for fifteen minutes. It can be about absolutely anything you want, there are no rules or prompts for this one. If you want to start a story, talk about what you ate for breakfast, or simply write down a shopping list, the choice is yours. After your time is up, if you feel so inclined, share your practice in the comments. Be sure to give your fellow writers some love, as well!