Wednesday, April 15, 2015

CampNaNoWriMo April 2015-Week#2 Free writing

Hello dear Readers,

Today, I'll like to post an update on how my second week on CampNaNo was.

A lot better than week number one definitely. However, I still can't go back to my Memoir.

I think one of the reasons why I didn't feel like writing last week is because I'm getting to end of the story and somehow that makes me sad. I should feel proud of myself because, as many other writers, my journey has been hard, putting the story together, putting the words in the paper. Hasn't been easy. But I know at some point, I'll get back to it.

What did I do this second week?, you may be wondering. Well, since reading didn't help me to continue working on my Memoir, I did something that I read a while back in a Creative Writing book. I did freewriting. 

I heard this term before but never applied it. Before I started writing my Memoir, I was writing Poetry and Short Stories. I always knew what I wanted to say or what I wanted to write about. And even journaling, personally, I do not consider it freewriting because, in one way or another, you know what you want to write, there is a desire of writing about what is going on in your life. This is my opinion.

Yes. I did lots of free writing, which has been great. It has helped me to get that desire back and focus and finish my Memoir. That and reading some passages from Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl, which is one of my favorite books, brought back a lot of that inspiration that I really need.

For those who don't know, here is a definition of freewriting and some of the basic guidelines:

(*) Freewriting is a simple process of writing nonstop about whatever comes into your mind. The point of doing freewriting is the process, not the end result.

  • You write nonstop for a set period of time (10 to 20 minutes for example).
  • Do not make corrections as you write.
  • Keep writing, even if you have to write something like, "I don't know what to write."
  • Write whatever comes to your mind.
  • Do not judge or sensor what you're writing.
(*) From Idiot's Guides Creative Writing by Casey Clabough

Week two of CampNano= a lot of Freewriting, but like they say: the important thing is to keep writing, everyday, no matter what.


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