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Freewriting(5)

  1. 1. freewriting a useful interface to your brain
  2. 2. <ul><li>&quot;I really do think with my pen, because my head often knows nothing about what my hand is writing.&quot;   </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><li>--- Ludwig Wittgenstein </li></ul>
  3. 3. an important and powerful tool  <ul><li>Too often writing is thought of as something only used to create a final product, rather than as a means of investigation.  </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><li>Through freewriting , you can explore the ideas in your head that might never otherwise be articulated.  </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul>
  4. 4. writing as exploration <ul><li>One of our explorations in this course is that writing can be used for many different purposes to serve you as a thinker and as a scholar, and freewriting is one of these applications.  </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><li>Writing can serve as a means of exploration. </li></ul>
  5. 5. don't revise as you write! <ul><li>When you freewrite don't edit or revise as you write--not even to correct grammar or spelling.  </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><li>Correction and selection comes later in the writing process, should you choose to use the text generated in a particular freewrite to develop a more product-oriented piece of writing. </li></ul>
  6. 6. tap into other parts of your mind <ul><li>When you are freewriting , you should write (type) fluidly without thinking too hard about what you are writing--the idea here is to tap into the parts of the brain that don't always make it into the foreground.  </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><li>You should try to write as fast and as much as is possible in the allotted time. If you can't think of anything to write, start writing something nonsensical, like: </li></ul>
  7. 7. I don't know what to write I don't know what to write I don't know what to write I don't know what to write I don't know what to write I don't know what to write I don't know what to write I don't know what to write I don't know what to write I don't know what to write I don't know what to write I don't know what to write
  8. 8. Eventually your brain will grow tired of this and start kicking out some better text for you.
  9. 9. if temptation to correct is too great <ul><li>If you are typing your freewrite and the temptation is too great to make corrections, you can try the following: </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><li>1) Turn off the spell check and grammar check in your word processor so that you don't see those squiggly lines as you type OR </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><li>2) Turn off your monitor or dim it so that you can't see what you are typing. The results might be messy, but you will get the raw ideas out of your brain into the world more entirely that way. </li></ul>
  10. 10. raw ideas can be cooked! <ul><li>Once your raw ideas are on the page in front of you, you can start a new document, paste in the raw ideas, and revise and refine as you wish. </li></ul>
  11. 11. paper is a technology, too. <ul><li>The computer, for all its usefulness, can also flatten our spatial sense ideas for a text, as well as pushing us to edit and revise when we should be brainstorming. </li></ul><ul><li>Handwriting on paper can be a good way to do freewriting. Experiment with this at some point. </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul>
  12. 12. writing is a technology <ul><li>Writing itself is a technology, mediated by other technologies. </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><li>Dennis Baron's essay &quot;From Pencils to Pixels: The Stages of Literacy Technology&quot; provides a good overview of this concept. </li></ul><ul><li>You can see his essay here: </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.english.illinois.edu/-people-/faculty/debaron/essays/pencils.htm </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul>
  13. 13. writing as mediation <ul><li>Writing itself is a technology, mediated by other technologies , and each different form of mediation has the potential to influence how and what we write. </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><li>(If you don't believe this, try writing the draft of your next essay on a small pad of Post-It Notes with a Sharpie and see what happens!) </li></ul>
  14. 14. find your own way of working <ul><li>There is no one best way of doing things for every writer. You must experiment and see what works best for you--and this section of ENGL 302 is a good place to try out various approaches.  </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul>
  15. 15. save your work frequently! <ul><li>When typing freewrites for your 302 blog, I recommend you work in your word processing program and then paste the results into the blog post (unedited, of course!).  </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><li>Unfortunately I have seen a few students freewrite for 10-15-30 minutes, only to lose all their ideas due to a bad internet connection or (gasp!) using a browser other than Firefox (sometime IE can refuse to play nice with Blogger/Google). </li></ul>
  16. 16. don't watch the clock <ul><li>This is very important: </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><li>The goal is for you to not think about how long you've been writing.  </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><li>Set an alarm to go off in ten minutes as a default time--time requirements may vary--but don't keep your eye on the clock.  </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><li>You should not be thinking about the time while you are writing. It will interfere with the process.  </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul>
  17. 17. if you don't have a timer <ul><li>If you don't have a device handy with a stopwatch function, you can use this free online counter: http://www.online-stopwatch.com/ .  </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><li>Make sure your computer speakers are on so you hear the alarm at the end of the ten minutes. The interface also flashes, although you may not see this if you have another window open. </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul>
  18. 18. almost done... <ul><li>I'll close after the next slide with a video on writing and Web 2.0.  I'll be curious to hear your thoughts on it, so I'll ask you to discuss it in the near future.  </li></ul><ul><li>Click once on the arrow to start the video.  </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><li>Clicking on the video takes you to YouTube if you'd rather watch it there. </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul>
  19. 19. If the video does not start, then go directly to the video on YouTube .

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