Purposeful Writing


Purposeful Writing: Use Freewriting by Deborah Lyn Stanley

Purposeful writing is knowing why we are writing and who we wish to serve. What is special about our writing that readers can’t just get from the next blogger?

At a loss of what to write? Need to generate ideas? Or, do you want to tell your message in a unique way? I suggest you consider freewriting the topic you have chosen, or one that is your favorite. Make a list of prompts for yourself to use for freewriting, and several photos that tell a story.

Start writing and watch the topic come alive!

Once we have our article drafted, we’ll review it for clarity, grammar improvements, plus description changes to stronger verbs and nouns. Read it aloud. Consider any changes you wish to make to the point of view.

Let’s take a closer look at how to use freewriting to inspire your article or story:
1) Choose prompts that kindle your writing, be it a word, a phrase, or a poem that stirs up a memory or your imagination.
2) Make it fiction, a true story, or part of a memoir.
3) All freewrites are good, there is never a perfect freewrite!
4) Write whatever comes to your mind. It doesn’t have to make sense, just keep writing for ~20 minutes. Write the story you see in your mind’s eye.
5) You are writing for yourself as a starting point for your topic, then you will develop the topic it to get your message across and flowing.

More info about freewriting:

The Write Spot – Jumpstart Program  (See the “Blog” for prompts)   https://thewritespot.us/

Deborah Lyn Stanley is an author of Creative Non-Fiction. She writes articles, essays and stories. She is passionate about caring for the mentally impaired through creative arts.

Visit her My Writer’s Life website at: https://deborahlynwriter.com/   
Visit her caregiver’s website: https://deborahlyncaregiver.com/

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Terry Whalin said...

Deborah Lyn,

For people who are stuck on the blank page, you've offered some specific action steps to get moving on their writing. Well-done and grateful,

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Karen Cioffi said...

Deborah, thanks for these tips. I haven't used freewriting yet but it sounds like a good idea if writer's block pays a visit or if I'm just stumped.

Carolyn Howard-Johnson said...

Terry and Karen. I think you have said it all.

Linda Wilson said...

Thank you Deborah Lyn for your insightful post, as always. I practiced free writing when I devoured Julia Cameron's book, The Artist's Way. My best recollection of what Cameron suggests is to write what first comes to your mind each day in your journal, as you suggested. Those are the surface things on your mind--your to-do list, something someone said and how you feel about it, etc. That removes the first layer of thoughts. Underneath that top layer are your true feelings, wants, and desires--the way you can reveal your true self. Exploring your inner thoughts in this way informs your writing, allows you to reach your readers, and perhaps you will make a difference in their lives.

deborah lyn said...

Thank you, Linda for the great add on!

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