Writing is a music that is played not for the ears, but for the eyes. When an orchestra plays, it speaks an emotional language to the soul through the medium of rhythm and sound. Writing is similar to music because every word is only an instrument used to effect the tones and rhythms of any and every genre of writing.

Writing always begins with the first word. Once the first word is laid onto the page the work has the potential to become a poem, a fiction, a letter, a memo, a report on renaissance artists, or even a dissertation on the biological workings of insect digestive tracts. It all starts with the first word.

The words give the writing the potential to become anything. However, there are times when the writing becomes nothing more than a compilation of words and phrases that don’t really say anything, but keep going and going only because they are linked together with and’s, but’s, and or’s.

The writer becomes so caught up in formatting the sentence that he or she is continually editing while composing, and then sentences become ineffective. When writing is planned the sentences lend thmeselves to being a) long, b) boring, c) confusing, or d) all of the above. For some writers, the result is that the initial idea is lost in a tangled web of grammatical nightmares more often than not. This is why it is imperative that any piece of work should begin with freewriting before the first words are ever laid onto the page.

Freewriting is one technique of prewriting writers can use when they are working on any type of writing.

Freewriting enables the writer to get past the conventional frame of work because it allows ideas to flow from the mind to the pen. In freewriting there are no walls or boundaries to cast a grammatical shadow on the writer. Freewriting is fast. It should be written that way. It is also important that the writer keep writing even if ideas that seem completely unrelated begin to materialize on the page. If the writing becomes irrational, or if it stops making sense don’t stop. Don’t edit. Don’t scratch it out because these “irrational” ideas signify that the writer is moving past the conventional framework and allowing new ideas to come forth on the page.

Note: Freewriting should never be considered polished work. It is a tool for bringing forth ideas so that they might be polished later during the formal part of the writing process.

Created by Allen Campbell