Morning Pages and Free-Writing

This is very interesting. The thing that jumps out to me is the emphasis on longhand writing. I wonder what the effect would be if the freewriting exercise were conducted exactly the same way, only using computers.

I agree that writing every day, if only for 10 minutes should improve one’s writing. When I read that part I thought “how could it not?”

Best of luck with that non-fiction course, Sandra!

When I was teaching, every morning my students had to write for ten minutes without stopping.  It was non-negotiable.  I was known as the “Free-Writing teacher.”  When I gave workshops to teachers in the teaching of writing, teachers asked me, “What do you give them for a topic?”  My answer was always that I did not give students a topic.  The reason was that, if I didn’t give them a topic, then they would begin to find the topics in their daily lives.  “This is something that I can write about,” they would begin to think.  Did students complain about having to free-write every day?  Absolutely.  But did they also produce some good writing from these daily free-writing sessions?  Absolutely.  And I also learned from the research I did on my Specialist Degree that students who write regularly also improve in their writing.  That was all it took.  Regular writing…

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3 thoughts on “Morning Pages and Free-Writing

  1. sworsham2013 says:

    Gene, thanks for re-blogging my blog! I, too, wonder if the effect would be the same with computers. And I especially wonder that now that I have arthritis in my thumb and find longhand writing uncomfortable! It would also be interesting to see what happens with kids today who do most of their writing with their thumbs!


  2. Gene'O says:

    You’re welcome. It caught my interest because I have been having an off-and-on conversation with my sister for a couple of months now about just how differently people who learn to write entirely with computers look at composition. I learned to write longhand, but, compose entirely on computers now. I went through a phase that lasted several years where I had to print things out to edit them, because I missed too many errors when I edited on a screen, but I don’t even do that any more.


  3. Diana says:

    We often use this free-writing tactic as college instructors; it’s one of the most useful things I learned in practicum, actually, because it served the practical purpose when I was a very new and very nervous teacher of giving me some time added to my lesson while allowing students much needed practice. Now I’m experimenting, doing things like free-writes that must take Twitter-feed form to see if that changes students’ topics and/or approach to the writing.


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