June 16, 2010

What is Practice Writing?

Posted in Practice Writing tagged , , at 9:27 am by Rebecca Hein

In Writing Down the Bones, Natalie Goldberg states, “You have to
give yourself the space to write a lot without a destination.” This is a
perfect description of the ideal state of mind for practice writing.

As in music, writing practice is for nobody’s ears but yours.
Thus you don’t need to worry about offending anyone, writing unclear
sentences, wandering at random through your mind, or any of the other
inhibitions that plague you when you start on a “real piece.” But practice
writing accomplishes more than just freeing our minds and switching off the internal critic: it saves time.

Next: How I’ve saved myself hours through practice writing.


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