November 29, 2011

Momentum, Part Three: Does Freewriting Work?

Posted in Flow, flow in writing, writing techniques tagged , , , at 8:28 am by Rebecca Hein

Techniques for scene, action, and character development are all very well, but they can affect your momentum the same way a really analytical practice session does a musician. Maybe you need to know the mechanics of bowing; maybe not. But if you can bow smoothly and change direction without breaking the sound simply by getting moving and staying moving, why entangle yourself in technique?

The writer’s equivalent of “getting moving” is freewriting, and the more of it I do, the more often I get excellent first drafts. Needing a minimum of revisions, they pour out on their own energy, revealing their structure and inviting me to just step aside.


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