5 Rules to Break in Freewriting

“Learn the rules like a pro, so you can break them like an artist.”
― Pablo Picasso

Let’s get straight into this. I love breaking rules! The beauty of the freewriting is that you break the rules to achieve the flow that you want to achieve. So, let’s start!

First Rule to Break: Don’t time yourself

You’ve been told it causes distraction and puts the focus on time rather than quality of work.

Forget that rule!

Do time yourself. When the timer starts, you start. When it finishes, you finish. By using a timer, you can forget about logistics and spend your attention and energy on writing flat-out.

Second Rule to Break: Stop to think as you write.

Don’t think. Just write!” — Ray Badbury

You were told to measure out each word carefully with forethought.

While freewriting, it’s important to keep writing no matter what’s happening in your mind. That means, if you’re stumped, write about being stumped. If your thoughts are choppy, put them down choppily.

Stopping for more than a second gives your internal editor a chance to reengage and disrupt the process.

Third Rule to Break: Write at a leisurely pace.


If you freewrite too slowly, you’re writing, not freewriting. You want to write fast enough so that your internal editor slackens its grip. If your editor is running at five miles an hour, write at six miles an hour.

Your fingers needn’t fly over the keyboard. They just need to move at a clip slightly quicker than your norm.

Fourth Rule to Break: Stay on topic

“Great ideas are only logical in hindsight.” — Edward De Bono

Too much focus is a bad thing in freewriting. Sticking too closely to a linear route is probably gets you blocked.

Our minds like to roam. If you start thinking about a TV show you’d like to watch, or a trade your favorite ball team is planning, write about those digressions.

Fifth Rule to Break: Write only from your own experience and reality.

Since freewriting is done for your eyes only, feel free to make up characters and tell tall tales.

Why? They free up the mind and force fresh perspective. Once you come up with an interesting idea in fantasy, you can always bring it back to reality and see if it can be made useable.

The fundamental premise of freewriting is to access your nebulous part of your brain that is otherwise unaccessible. Unlike your obedient conscious mind, the subconscious mind needs the freedom to roam, only then shall it yield!

Try it and let the magic happen!

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Originally published at http://sathyanand.wordpress.com on July 3, 2020.



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