From QuinCreative Blog:
|The diary of William Viers Bouic, kept from 1867-1870|
Free writing is a prewriting technique in which a person writes continuously for a set period of time without regard to spelling, grammar, or topic. It produces raw, often unusable material, but helps writers overcome blocks of apathy and self-criticism.Julia Cameron is one of my idols. She, along with a couple of other women (Pema Chodron and Sharon Salzberg), saved my life, each for different reasons and at different times of my life.
Morning Pages are three pages of longhand, stream of consciousness writing, done first thing in the morning. *There is no wrong way to do Morning Pages*–they are not high art. They are not even “writing.” They are about anything and everything that crosses your mind– and they are for your eyes only. Morning Pages provoke, clarify, comfort, cajole, prioritize and synchronize the day at hand. Do not over-think Morning Pages: just put three pages of anything on the page…and then do three more pages tomorrow.Literally, when I started doing it I would write "I can't think of anything to write" over and over until the required three pages were full. That didn't last. Within a few days, I'd think of things I wanted to talk about. Julia says not to re-read them. She says that because she doesn't want you to critique them as art. If you are aiming at writing as a profession that is B.A.D. If you are just trying to get going journaling, though, re-reading is allowed.