Just when it seemed the “Notebook” could not get any “Nakeder,” along came the Friday Freewrite!
Here’s the idea:
- I will post a “JUMP LINE,” a short phrase that will serve as a writing prompt, each Friday.
- YOU will put pen to paper and write for 90 seconds. (I’ll do it, too, of course.) Don’t think. Don’t cross out. (That is wise advise borrowed from Natalie Goldberg in Wild Mind.) Just start with the prompt and see where it takes you.
- Then POST YOUR RESPONSE as a comment.
I am often surprised where my thoughts take me when I set “my critic” aside and let myself go, writing what comes to mind. Poems, essays, even fictional characters can be birthed this way. It doesn’t have to be good…you just have to write it.
There is a sentiment I have heard among my writer friends that goes something like this: “First thought, worst thought.” This, I think, is supposed to underscore the virtues of editing, but I’m not sure that anything could be further than the truth.
Editing is invaluable, yes, but so is learning to trust ourselves as writers. I venture to say that most great pieces of writing started with two things: a “first thought,” and a writer who had the courage to stay with that thought, not dismissing it or editing it too soon.
Are you ready? Let’s begin!
Today’s jump line: It always mattered…
See the comments for my response.