how to freewrite
I was thrilled to be asked back on Joanna’s show for, what we realised was, my fourth time! It’s always a pleasure to talk with Joanna regardless of topic, but an even greater one when chatting about something as close to my heart as this – F-R-E-E Writing and my GoCreative! book series. Watch the interview to hear what we have to say about: F-R-E-E Writing – how to do it and how it benefits the writing process and creativity Your relationship with money – how it can dictate your success, or lack of – and an exercise that can help…Continue reading
Screenwriter William Goldman famously said of Hollywood: ‘Nobody knows anything’. The same is true of writing, as these judgements of writers by writers below go to show. Leo Tolstoy on William Shakespeare: “Crude, immoral, vulgar and senseless.” William Faulkner on Mark Twain: “A hack writer who would not have been considered fourth rate in Europe, who tried out a few of the old proven ‘sure-fire’ literary skeletons with sufficient local colour to intrige the superficial and the lazy.” Willam Makepeace Thackeray on Jonathan Swift: “A monster gibbering shrieks, andContinue reading
F-R-E-E-Writing does not aim to be linear or logical, it does not aim for anything — other than to be done.
Each F-R-E-E-Writing session is a new journey without a map, in which you just write whatever it is you have to say at that moment in time. When we allow words to be written in this way, they have tremendous energy.
Dozens of studies have found that most people – from schoolchildren to nursing-home residents – feel happier and healthier after writing about their memories — but the benefit is intrinsically tied up with how the writing is done. In his book Opening Up: The Healing Power of Expressing Emotions, Professor of Psychology at the University of Texas, James Pennebaker, summarises ten years of scientific research into the connection between writing and increased physical and mental wellbeing. He concludes that writing is a tremendously powerful tool, “far more powerful” than he and his team predicted when setting up their study. The effect isn’t just…Continue reading