i Love Free writing…

This weeks post from Ivan is on Free Writing!

Ivan gives us a tantalising peek at what will be on offer in his writers workshop in Lucca!

Enjoy, Enjoy and Enjoy!!

Free Writing


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‘…Writing performed without conscious thought or deliberation, typically by means of spontaneous free association or as a medium for spirits or psychic forces…’


 Free writing exercises penned while studying for my degree, and at writer’s retreats that I have participated in, have contributed a great deal to my work.  Some have been easily adapted after work-shopping and editing, and suited the multi-linear composition, such as the one I am using in the construction of my trilogy.   One-line ‘starters’ have resulted in fully detailed chapters.

     Free writing takes me to surprising and unexpected destinations where I never intended to be. This, in turn has brought up characters and events that I never intended to include originally and added a freshness to my work.

     With each session in the Lucca workshops, we will begin with a timed free-writing exercise.  In these exercises I will give you a prompt – usually a first line to get you started.  The purpose of free-writing is to get the juices flowing, with little consideration for grammatical correctness, format or formality.  All of these things can be tidied up and edited at a later moment if desired.

     Free-writing is very much like a rapid sketch, expressive, gestural, often with spectacular results.  If you decide that you don’t want to develop your free-writing piece any further, it is still very much a worthwhile practice as you will find it will loosen you up and relaxes your ‘voice’ as we work on our other pieces throughout the day.

     The sub-conscious voice can speak volumes, when given permission and unleashed.

 Come join us in Lovely Lucca this year in November….


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