Have you ever “free written”? It’s very therapeutic.
Free Writing lets you freely express what you’re thinking and how you’re feeling.
Using this tool, I’ve saved myself extra trips to a therapist. This isn’t to say it’s a replacement to seeing a professional, nor is it the solution for every problem in your life. By all means, some issues are too complicated to untangle alone in front of a piece of paper or computer screen.
But free writing is a great starting point for figuring out what’s going on inside of you. It can be a helpful supplement to other forms of therapy. It’s also a superb way to ensure that changes stick after therapy sessions end.
In this post I’m going to simplify free writing so you can whip out this tool anytime you feel you need to talk to somebody and nobody’s available.
Should you choose to take up this very cool way to “get things off your chest”, here’s what you can expect:
- A short & simplified definition of free writing
- A break down of what you can do to free write
- A prompt for what you can free write about
What is free writing?
Free writing is a way to write whatever. That means, write whatever comes to mind. Grammar, spelling or sentence structure can pretty much fly out the window. You want to express your thoughts and reactions to situations that happen in your life in a continuous flow. In psychological and entrepreneurial circles, you’ll hear free writing referred to as stream of consciousness writing or brain dumping. The idea is to keep the pen writing or the fingertips typing, even if you don’t know what to say.
This starts to unlock the real thought behind your thoughts and feelings. What this does for you is it diminishes any blockage inside that causes you to feel disconnected in life. Often, these “blocks” are so deeply embedded inside your mind that it will not be obvious what you’re going to find. But it will increase the feeling of connection within you, leading to more joy and happiness.
What you can do to free write:
- Get out a piece of paper or pull up a new Word or Pages document on your computer.
- Pick a topic to write on: an enjoyable event or something someone said (or did) that bothered you.
- Set your timer for 5-10 minutes. Write freely what you think (or how you feel) about the topic you picked in #2. Let the words flow from your pen or fingertips. Keep going.
Here’s a prompt for you:
Write at the top of the page, “What am I good at? What do I need work on?”
When you’re finished writing, read through what you wrote. What stands out to you? How do you feel reading certain words or sentences back to yourself?