One of the most useful tools when starting to write something and one of the simplest. You set a timer, usually for 10 to 15 minutes and write without lifting your pen off the page. You don't edit or censor yourself but write fast, following any tangent you want to.

You could also try bibliomancy as a way of generating new ideas.

It's useful because it starts you writing and overcoming ideas. It avoids the fear of the blank page and allows you to start. It also digs into the subconscious because you write fast without censorship.

Similar to Oth draft or morning pages it's writing without judgement. You can always go back and edit it later.

  • Josie Alford does free-write sessions on her Instagram page.
  • Tim Clare has a lot of free write sessions to a timer as part of his free course on his podcast Death of 1,000 cuts.
  • In a workshop with Mailika Booker, she suggested doing a focused free write. Start with a subject and write what you know and what is related to it.

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