During those days when the words won’t flow, and ideas simply won’t come – don’t pack up your writing tools. Instead, allow yourself to write garbage! It could just be what you need!
Make it fun! I have a “garbage writing” notebook where I write as I please. It’s more than just freewriting, it’s funwriting. It’s my writer’s playground where there are absolutely no rules. I allow myself to write in any fashion and form – big letters are allowed. The notebook is also where I do brainstorming for my articles, posts and would-be books. Possible titles and story ideas are written in big, bold letters – sometimes with lots of curls on the tips of the letters.
It’s a fine, fun way to give the writer in you a break from all the serious writing. In “Writing on Both Sides of the Brain,” Henriette Anne Klauser wrote: “Giving yourself permission to write garbage is like having a compost pile in the backyard. It might smell a little and even look yucky, but it provides a fertile environment for some great stuff to grow.”
In my funwriting notebook, there are many big, bold letters. You’ll read words like “yippee!” “yehey!” and “writing spree!” It’s a no-holds-barred venue for the child in me to write gleefully and cheerfully. It never fails to bring back the joy of writing.
Try it – it’s free and fun!
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