TheWriteDay

WILD WRITING

Every WriteDay starts with 15 minutes of handwritten exercises to free the creative energy of what writing coach and author Natalie Goldberg calls your 'wild mind'. The trick is to write without judgement and without lifting your pen from the paper.

She explains:
"The reason you keep your hand moving is because there’s often a conflict between the editor and the creator. The editor is always on our shoulder saying, 'Oh, you shouldn’t write that. It’s no good.' The goal is to allow the written word to connect with your original mind, to write down the first thought you flash on, before the second and third thoughts come in."

Remember: There is no right or wrong way of doing this. You are free to write absolute rubbish. Or about something quite unrelated that suddenly pops into your head. Spelling and grammar matter not a jot. It's just for you.

At first you might feel a bit stiff and awkward but the words will start to flow as you let your imagination go in response to the variety of writing prompts I provide ~ sentences for you to complete, pictures to write about, or questions to answer that will help you to create a character or place in 1 or 2 minutes.

Natalie considers writing an athletic activity: the more you work out, the better you get. She reckons you should fill a notebook a month by writing for 5, 10 or 15 mins a time every day on specific topics, eg. I remember/I don't remember ... I'm thinking of/I'm not thinking of ... I feel/I hear/I see etc. She believes that writing the negative is a way of releasing things you have repressed. Give it a go ~ you'll find the results interesting.

Most WriteDayers keep a notebook just for Wild Writing and say it's a great resource when they're stuck for ideas. Try it!

... for writers too busy to write

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