October 25, 2018

Privacy: the best reason for undirected writing

Posted in freewriting, journal writing, Practice Writing, wander-writing tagged , , , , , at 2:31 pm by Rebecca Hein

Privacy is one of the most valuable benefits of all types of undirected writing. Too often, when we’re trying to write something we hope or know someone else will read, inhibitions attack.

Whenever we do freewriting, wander-writing, and journal-writing, we bypass this problem, thus liberating ourselves. To get to the core of our most important ideas, there’s probably no better way.

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August 16, 2018

Keeping a journal

Posted in Flow, flow in writing, freewriting, journal writing, Momentum in writing, writing productivity tagged , , , at 2:44 pm by Rebecca Hein

Keeping a journal, although not quite as unstructured as freewriting or wander-writing, is still an important form of undirected writing. Here you get to write down your thoughts, feelings, and ideas in any order you wish, and as often or seldom as you want.

Presumably you mean to write somewhat coherently so that later you can refer to an entry and make sense of it. Freewriting and wander-writing require much less structure, if any. Therefore, journal-writing may not benefit you in precisely the same way as freer types of writing, and should not replace them.

This is because when we try to govern what we’re writing, even on the minimal level of a journal entry, we lose a degree of freedom and momentum. We experience these two elements only when we’ve removed all rules and expectations.

If we want to progress, freedom and momentum are the most important in our total writing experience, because they will find their way into all our writing efforts. Then we will discover their entire value.

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