Thursday, 27 August 2009
How much of a help is Free Writing?
Many writing books recommend free writing or “morning pages” for beginning writers. But how useful is it? In my opinion, not very. I have been keeping journals for years, and I have never had an issue with writing itself. I can write pages and pages, but does that make me capable of producing quality fiction? I don’t think so. It may help of course by improving one’s language ability or prose, but even then, not by much because free writing by its vey nature is supposed to be editing free. I am not against free writing. In fact, I think it could be very useful to get the creative juices flowing. But I don’t think it’s fair to tell writers that if you write 5 pages every morning, you have potential to become a published writer, or that it might improve your craft. One of the most important things towards becoming a published writer is ability to finish a project, until it’s the best you can do. Free writing, with its assortment of ideas, doesn’t teach that. In couple of writing workshops I attended, I met people who were following books like “Artist’s Way” and writing their morning pages, but nothing else, and they did believe they were making progress towards becoming a writer. I disagree. What do you think?