A full free-writing guide (June 2017)

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What can I learn about free-writing in Internet?
1. It is often confused with other methods of developing thinking.
2. The articles retell the six secrets of free-writing by Marc Levy:

  • Write without effort;
  • Do it quickly and continuously;
  • Work with a time limit;
  • Write as you think;
  • Develop a thought;
  • Reorient attention.

3. There is no information at once about all the free-writing techniques of Levy: the authors write in detail only about those that they tried themselves.
4. There is a magic pill from all writer’s fears.
5. Everything that is written can be combined and supplemented.
Item No. 5 inspired the writing of the article.

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What is free-writing?

The best definition I could find on the web. Most likely, it is written by a free-writer:

“The other day I was asked what it is free-writing . I think many people know what a rewrite or copywriting is. But free-writing what kind of work is it? There is nothing complicated in the concept of this intricate name. Ordinary work with different texts in the network or the Internet – this is free-writing. The main activity of a freer performer is the free writing of texts, articles, naturally, for money. How to earn on free-writing on the Internet?

Now seriously.

In 1934, the writer Dorothea Brande published a book “How to become a writer”, where she advises readers to write in the morning for 30 minutes as quickly as they can.
About the technique of free-writing wrote the American Peter Elbow in the book “Writing With Power” (1981).
In our country, free-writing became known because of the book released in 2011 by Mark Levi “free-writing . Modern techniques for the search for creative solutions “(she also -“Accidental Genius “in the presentation of the publishing house MYTH).
The name “free writing” was invented by writer Kenneth Macrori.

“free-writing” means writing in small sessions for 10-15 minutes without stopping, editing, checking grammar, thinking and hurrying.

The aim of the technique is to get rid of fears, perfectionism, training of thinking, pumping of writing skills and an attempt to understand oneself.

Who needs free writing?

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Copywriters. When there is a complex, boring or frankly stupid topic, you can not force yourself, but spend a couple of free writing sessions and successfully complete what you started. Or tell the customer “excusez-moi”.

To the journalists. Levy has a “Make an interview on paper” reception, when you need to prepare a portrait of an interlocutor and a list of open questions before a fictional conversation, which he will ask you.

Marketers. A quote from Igor Mann’s blog about Levi’s “free writing”: “This book is worth reading to the author, who left the muse, and copywriters – in search of new creative ideas.”

To bloggers. To generate traffic to the blog, you can take advantage of Mr. Levy’s “Take advantage of a business book” and write a quality review.

Writers. “School of Literary Excellence” by Jurgen Wolf. “How to write in the XXI century?” Natalia Garber. “Write professionally” by Hillary Rettig. “The Way of the Artist” by Julia Cameron. Each of these books in its own way tells about free writing as a means of overcoming the fear of a clean sheet.

What is not free writing?

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To bring their own thoughts in order, there are various creative methods. They are similar to the technique of free writing, but each has a characteristic difference.
Free-writing is not …
«Morning Pages»
The technique was invented by the scriptwriter and poetess Julia Cameron and is described in the book “The Way of the Artist” (1992). The essence – immediately after awakening sit down and write three pages of text by hand. Here there is no exact indication of the time of the session, as in freeriding, and it is suggested to write only in the mornings.

This is how I imagine the “morning pages”

It’s hard to wake up and immediately sit down to write, when the morning under the strings is crammed with other things that can not be postponed.
Automatic Mail
The technique is based on the unconscious activity of the writing person, is used by Freudians in psychiatry and mystics in spiritualism. When we are working on freewriting, we are conscious, though sometimes not entirely clear.
The Widge Board is a tool for an automatic writing session

Mind maps
The mental maps were developed by the psychologist Tony Buzan in the late 60s of the last century and reflected in the book “Teach yourself to think.” The technique of “mind maps” is based on the construction of logical connections between elements. free writing techniques do not put logic at the center of the corner.
Here everything is built on logic. This is not free writing!

The created mental maps, especially on the computer, are repeatedly modified. Written by free writing remains unchanged. And in that its charm!


Any problem can be considered as the faces of a cube, from six different sides:

  • Description.
  • Comparison.
  • Association.
  • Analysis.
  • Using.
  • Evaluation.

Obviously, limiting the time of writing, as in free writer, is unacceptable here.

Finding a solution in cubing is not free writing!

It was invented by the advertiser Alex Osborn and described in the book “How To Think” (1942). The difference with freeriding is that several people are involved in brainstorming, they are talking ideas, but not all record. The ultimate goal of “brainstorming” is the generation of new working ideas. A free letter does not set itself the task of achieving the result without fail, plus this is the business of one single person.

After a while they will come up with something amazing. But this is not free writing!

Six thinking hats
The method was invented by the British psychologist Edward de Bono and described in the book “Six thinking hats” (1985). Here, as in cubing, the problem is viewed from six points of view – red, yellow, blue, green, black and white hats. Each of them is responsible for its decision side.
The method of six hats (a kind of brainstorming) is a thought process in a certain vein, several variants of “hat” sequences, participants and a presenter. It is much more difficult than free writing in terms of preparation and implementation.

The technique of free writing does not replace other techniques for the development of thinking. Free-writing can and should be combined with them: for example, write in five minutes about a difficult free writing situation, then consider it by cubing, taking on the most sane decisions, in the end, to draw up an expanded mental map.

6 secrets of free writing at Levy. 6 sides of the cube in cubing. 6 thinking hats  suggested de Bono. Coincidence? I do not think so!

Free-Writing Techniques

Mr. Levy’s “Spot”
To your attention all fifteen receptions from Mark Levi:
1. Idea as a product. Write about the difficult situation in five minutes and put it aside. Over the next five minutes, complete the details.
2. Let’s guide the thinking. Take a tip – for example, “I love …”, “I adore …” or “I hate” – and follow it for a ten-minute free-writing session.
3. Re-think the meaning of familiar words. Pick up five professional words from your industry and write about each of them within five minutes.
4. Distant from your intellect. Write about the bothering problem within 10 minutes: facts, your opinion, actions. This should not be a list, but a narrative, where one fact leads to another.
5. How important it is to disconnect from thoughts. In the process of writing, do not focus on one thought, go to the other in search of the right idea.
6. We use the assumptions to get out of the impasse. Think about a problem that you can not solve. Write in ten minutes about who did it successfully.
7. It is easier to find a hundred ideas than one. Within two days, using freeriding, develop and write down one hundred solutions for the bothersome problem.
8. Learn to love lies. Write about an interesting observation made in the last two weeks. In the process of writing, highlight the most curious detail and tell us more about it.
9. Conduct a conversation on paper. Define a topic for research and spend a ten-minute conversation on paper with an imaginary adviser.
10. Spill the mind on paper. Within twenty minutes, write about how you are helping and how to interfere at work.
11. Writing a marathon. Devote two or three hours in the morning to the idea you want to explore. Do not be distracted by anything.
12. Doubt yourself. Write for ten minutes about a situation that exhausts you morally and physically. Just the facts, without finding a solution.
13. Do not digress from the topic. Write within ten minutes about the problem situation to the imaginary person who encountered it. In the next ten minutes, do the same, but with a pleasant situation.
14. Take advantage of the business book. Choose from the book you like the most and least valuable ideas and write for 10 minutes about each.
15. Do you think about how you live? Set the timer for twenty minutes and write about everything that can improve your life. From the written, choose what the next three hours of your time are ready to dedicate.
Fuh! It is done. Do you want to know more about free-writing techniques of Mark Levy? Buy a book.


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