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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