April 4, 2012

Freewriting, Part Four: Long-Term Benefits

Posted in freewriting tagged at 5:15 pm by Rebecca Hein

Have you been freewriting for years and years? Sometimes writers give up on it because what they freewrite is dull and uninspired. Surely, they conclude, a real writing session would be more productive.

Maybe, maybe not. If we emerge from a real writing session with the first draft or revision of a story, chapter, or essay, this is obviously productive.

But what if we could get that same piece of writing in less than half the time and requiring fewer revisions? This is the long-term effect of freewriting. It makes us so proficient with words that matching those words with ideas becomes as natural as writing whatever comes into our heads.

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