How to freewrite
Since I join read.cash, I was invited about ten months ago, I write about and promote freewriting. At that time a contest was started to teach how to freewrite. The idea behind it was to stop all the copy-pastes, to fight plagiarism by writing own, original content.
If you are not used to writing it can be hard to compose longer texts but I assure you if I can do it you can do it too. Just for your information, I am a mobile user only and I type with one finger. I wish I could dictate my texts but for some reason, I can not activate it on my phone again. I tried to download different keyboards, e-dictate and other tools but wasn't successful. So the one finger typing is what is left and to be honest it is a better way of writing for me. Why? I noticed I think differently if I have to speak.
Do I already have in mind what I'll write about?
At times I have an idea or subject in mind. For example, I think about what I could write about before I fall asleep or while I do the dishes. There are times I read or hear something I have an opinion about. My thoughts, opinion are good enough to write down but there are plenty of times my mind is empty if I sit down and decide to write. At those moments the only thing I might have is a prompt, a word or sentence I will use in my text. Although I have no idea what I will write about yet the story will grow while writing since one word leads to the next and I will find a way to fit the prompt into it.
If the prompt is "new shoes" I can write about the last pair of new shoes I bought, perhaps a colleague has new shoes or I saw some I like in a shop. If I have no idea what to write about 'new shoes' I can also start saying something like "I am not in the mood to write about new shoes because..." and next I write about what keeps me busy. Whatever pops up in my mind I write down. It might look chaotic but that's actually what a freewrite is. Writing about whatever pops up and like we all know the mind can hop from one thought to the next. It's how the brain works. One thing, though, word leads to the next.
Composing with a prompt helps you to think out of the box, guides your thoughts in a different direction. A great extra exercise is to write what you already had in mind and add the prompt in it. By the way there are prompt generators you can use just like all kind of writing tools. It makes writing easier and so does reading.
Once you are used to the concept of freewriting you will see it is one of the fastest ways of making an article. There's no need to search on the internet, to copy others since your brain is your own database. As long as it is clear that what you write are your personal thoughts, ideas, experiences there's no need to be worried about the written word. A freewrite is a text meant to develop your writing skills. It's no problem if it sounds chaotic as long as you write.
I started three freewriting communities to read.cash. I like to keep them for freewriters. If your article isn't accepted it's not said it is not good but it's not a freewrite. Most articles are not and even a part of what is already accepted is not.
The three freewrite communities are:
- alcohol effects
Those communities started at the moment freewriting was explained to and practised by the competitors. For each community, setting a timer was and still is asked and prompts have to be used. At that time several prompts were given and great articles are submitted. This way of writing helped the writers and platform improvements.
To me, freewriting is the quickest and most relaxt way of writing. I don't need to plan what to write about and there's no need to search for information. I write what pops up in my head and type while I think about the next line. I stick to a certain rhythm if it comes to typing while the clock ticks (I use an egg timer) and that works fine with me, it's stimulating and comfortable. This way of writing is so relaxed because there's no need to break my brains over the next words. I keep it simple which is good if I don't feel well, I am busy or in a hurry. Freewriting gives me the chance to write on a daily base no matter the circumstances.
Stories and poems can make a freewrite too.
At times I am in the poetry mood and it's possible to write one without a break. Some stories like 'Muddy Hill' (posted yesterday on noise.cash) are born while writing and even surprise me, others I partly thought out doing something else.
It doesn't matter what your style is as long as you keep writing. Once your time is up you can reread and edit.