Hi, I'm Jen D'Amore for About.com, and this video is all about freewriting. For the aspiring writer sometimes there is nothing more intimidating than the blank page. Continuously staring at it, unsure of where to start or what to write about won't get you anywhere. Instead, try free writing. Free writing is an exercise, a warm up, a stream of consciousness writing that essentially allows you to dump what is in your brain, out onto paper, without having to worry about grammar, structure, or whether what's coming out makes any sense whatsoever. It's a way to determine what's really wanting to be written, and at times it may surprise you.Here's how to do it:Set a timer for 10 minutes. Put your pen to paper, or your hands to a keyboard, and write constantly for 10 minutes. It does not have to be good, it does not have to be anything except continuous. Do not stop. Do not go back and edit or backspace or cross anything out. Just let it happen. If you're stuck and your mind is blank keep your pen moving and write what you're thinking or feeling, even if it's "I feel stuck, I don't know what to write, stuck, stuck stuck…" It doesn't have to be complete sentences and it will eventually lead to something.Free writing is a great way to warm up and get your creative juices flowing. It allows you to let go of the pressure to produce a masterpiece in every phrase, and can lead to more meaningful content. You can feel free to express anything while free writing, since it will most likely be thrown away, possibly shredded or burned. You don't need to keep it, but you do want to review it to find ideas or topics that can be developed. As a variation you can also try "free speaking." The exercise is the same, but instead of writing you speak into a recorder, non-stop, for 10 minutes. Why does this work? Well, for one thing it fills the blank page before you. It may also redirect your attention from a topic you thought you should write about, to one that is of greater importance.Thanks for watching. To learn more, visit us on the web at About.com.
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