JFJ 15 for 30 Challenge - Day 9: Freewriting

Freewriting, also known as stream of consciousness writing, is a creative writing technique that we use to capture our thoughts onto the page. In The Artist’s Way, Julia Cameron describes this form of writing as a “brain dump” in order to clear the mind and enhance our creativity. We find this technique invaluable for discovering the deeper motivations and issues within our lives. We often write for 7 minutes employing this brain dumping writing, but we also work to fill a certain space in our journals whether its a full page or a specific section.

For today focus on freewriting using any writing material. You could do two seven minute sessions, or you could write for the full 15 minutes. Not familiar with the freewriting technique? It’s simple. You write for a given time without stopping. You write whatever you're thinking as if your brain was directly connected to your hand. Don’t worry about spelling, punctuation, grammar, or content. Just write. Not sure how to get started? Use a prompt, a theme, or a quote. You might want to set a timer, and just write nonstop until the timer goes off.

If the writing gets too personal, feel free to share only small snippets. #jfj15for30