Use freewriting to pump your verbal muscles
Writing isn’t a talent—it’s a skill. You can get better at it through practice. If you want awesome verbal pectoral muscles:
If you want to get better, you could write a novel, or a textbook. But there’s a much easier way: Freewriting
Freewriting is like a verbal sprint. You write a lot, really fast, and you’re done. It’s a great exercise that:
- Gets you to stop self-editing;
- Packs about an hour of writing ‘thinking’ into 60 seconds;
- Helps you get faster, and more fluid, as a writer.
- Is actually fun, once you get used to it.
Here’s how you do it:
- Set aside 5 minutes, preferably when you first get to work.
- Open a blank document on your computer. Use whatever word processor you like, or just a text editor. OR (gasp) get a pen and a piece of paper.
- Get a timer. On your phone, or an egg timer, or whatever. Nothing fancy.
- Do not clear your head. You’ll need all the stuff in there.
- Start the timer…
- GO. Write. Don’t worry about what you’re writing. Write whatever pops into your head, even if it’s “I can’t think of what to write”.
- Write for 60 seconds straight.
- Stop when the timer stops.
- Save what you wrote.
- Read it later that day, or the next day. Is there a cool idea in there? Something you want to work with? Great! If not, great anyway!
Freewrite every day. It literally takes 1-2 minutes. Sometimes, you’ll even get a really funny result you stick on Reddit.