First have a glance at this.
Now a couple of people have asked so let me give you a sort of blow by blow as to how I utilize the concept of freewrites.
First thing to know is I have a very noisy disordered brain.
One of the problems with my sleeping is in face the crazy carnival (replete with barkers, geeks, music, rides and pink elephants). My brain is a stew of LOUD NOISES.
So I do a few things to help settle myself down enough to write so the LOUD NOISES turn into stories and shit.
One of the things I do is crochet. I make shawls mostly. I keep telling myself I am going to sell them but that is a whole other thing. Crocheting puts a good amount of order in my chaosroachbrain. I do it on the bus usually while I listen to audiobooks and my thoughts turn a bit more linear like my stitches. Rows and rows of orderly thinking.
The other thing I do a lot is free write.
Here is how I do it.
Something, be it a phrase, a concept, a photo, a voice, a word, the sight of a fine fine ass in some tight pants whatever, it gets in my head.
I’m going to use one I did recently as an example.
Open this in another tab. It is the side blog where I just kind of dump words. I was inspired by Dena and Milcah (side note, GODS my friends are some fine mother fuckers, like for serious) and periods.
So there I was with the image of Joseph from Dena’s poem.
And I just started to go.
When I do this, often it is my way of exploring correlations as they happen in my brain.
In this case we have menses, a man, destruction because most tend to associate periods with flowers and the birds and bees and bullshit. It’s not that pretty. I wanted to explore that without getting to the ugly right away.
I am obsessed with sexualized predation (not as in abuser as in an apex predator) from the POV of the woman predator. The ides of conquest as it has been applied to masculine sexuality forever. The beauty in being an apex predator or at least feeling like one.
I called the image of war and battle and victory and claimed the shed blood as victory.
That is where my brain goes.
I go until I can’t anymore and then normally as you can see there, I change something. Sometimes I use this method of freewriting to explore forms, to change the angle that I approach my subject matter. I’ve found that once I’ve exhausted one means of exploring a subject/theme when I change something (form, formatting etc) that is when my brain really gets to work. That is how I work out the voice I use in a story sometimes. Sometimes it is how I figure out the road to the next thing. Or I figure out that the idea I had won’t work.
The aim when I do this is just to write. Sometimes it sucks. Sometimes it is just fragments. Sometimes it kickstarts a whole new thing.
90% of these freewrites I have no intention of trying to get published. That is why I made that other blog. Occasionally I have had bigger better stories from those freewrites.
This piece I had in Fuck Fiction, started out as a freewrite. Again, I was exploring that female sexual predator. A self aware predator who cannot help herself. This one from the Molotov Cocktail started as an experiment with second person narrative.
One of the other functions of this method is that for me I’ve discovered where my strengths are.
I am good at present tense first person POV.
I really LOVE writing second person narrative.
One of the other things to be gained from freewriting is freeing yourself of taboos.
Essentially if you are new to say writing sex use this exercise.
If words or concepts don’t do it for you here are some other options.
Read this post by Remittance Girl and try her challenge.
Here are some prompts for practicing writing on the body. In other words practice writing the physiological.
For instance. Your narrator has just fallen down some stairs. Write them checking themselves out, are they hurt? Where are they hurt? How do they hurt? Think about bumps and bruises. Try writing the aftermath, maybe your narrator fell two days ago and their body is just starting to yell.
Write a scene of arousal. Your main character here is getting turned on. What is going on in their body? I’m not talking a monologue about the most perfect tits anyone has ever seem but this is the viewer. Are they tingling? Is their skin covered in gooseflesh?
Do you like prompts? Here are some I like.
Personally prompts about meadows and flowers and shit don’t do it for me. My taste runs to the darker and for that I picked up Michael Arnzen’s book Instigation. The beauty of this type of books that you can write a story, a poem, a scene, a flash piece. Anything. I really seriously recommend it.
I used one of his instigations and got this story published.
Think of this type of work as stretching for your brain. This is an excellent way to step out of your comfort zone. Whether it is style, format, subject matter. You can get yourself kickstarted with some practice.
I will also say that this is how I started to really find my own voice.
So there are your craft notes of the day. If you write something and post it somewhere come back and post a link so I can check it out.