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Monday Night Writing – 24/06/2013

SFU Total Word Count Last Week – 5090

SFU Total Word Count This Week – 5958

Words Achieved – 868

Well what you know it worked, still not exactly where I would like it to be but one hell of an upside from both the previous weeks.

Last week I said my aim was to try and bring some more structure to my story, perhaps stop “pantsing” and instead do a little “plotting”

I’ll be honest that didn’t happen.

What helped me achieve my additional words count this week was utilising Free Writing, I’m sure that you all know what it is, perhaps you have done it yourself in your own work, or it was something that you did at school long ago.

I have used it in a two ways, the first is the usual fashion. I sat at the PC started a timer of 10 minutes and just wrote, no stopping, no deleting no spell checks. I just wrote about what ever came to mind and didn’t stop for anything.

At the end I had a rather charming if bizarre 873 words about Young Wizard named “Hippopotimus angry bird the 3rd” or Hippo for short (yes I know I spelled it wrong, no spell checks I told ya!)

Obviously this approach doesn’t exactly work when adding to your story/novel/life’s work. Spelling mistakes, punctuation and grammar all need to be correct and after all where does a pointy hat wearing Hippo fit into your story anyways? But you can use pretty much the same idea to get your self going, after all how much of a 1st draft actually make its into the final one? Does removing a few more sentences during the editing process add that much additional work? Plus you never know what gems might come to you whilst you’re on a spree.

I guess the correct term for this is Directed Free writing, instead of literally writing the first thing that comes into your head but from a specific starting point. 

Below are the “rules” for Free Writing, if you are stuck or finding yourself blocked I suggest its worth a try it seems to have helped me somewhat!

  • Write nonstop for a set period of time (10–20 minutes).
  • Do not make corrections as you write.
  • Keep writing, even if you have to write something like, “I don’t know what to write.”
  • Write whatever comes into your mind.
  • Do not judge or censor what you are writing
  1. June 24, 2013 at 9:55 pm

    I want to read this Hippo story!

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