March 14, 2012

Freewriting, Part One: How It Differs from Keeping a Journal

Posted in flow in writing, freewriting, writing techniques tagged , , , at 4:14 pm by Rebecca Hein

Some writers equate journal-writing with freewriting on the grounds that journal-writing is private, informal, and unrestricted. Yet there are some important differences.

In a journal, we record our thoughts and feelings, along with events that are important to us. Self-expression is the goal, and by definition, what we write in our journal has to make some sense.

Not so with freewriting. We can wander, experiment, free-associate, and launch into our own stream-of-consciousness. Therefore, it doesn’t matter if it’s nonsense because order and coherence were never our goals.

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