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Paper Writing: Free Writing

Paper Writing: Free Writing

Author: Rebecca Oberg
Description:

This learning packet should review:

-New terms: definitions and examples (free writing, brainstorming, etc.)
-Writing prompts (free word jump start, free five word start, or combo words)
-The writing process
-Prewriting techniques including brainstorming, discussing, free writing, looping, listing, outlining, charting, mapping and bubble mapping
-Exercises for freewriting
-The importance of voice in writing

This detailed packet offers a writer insights into prewriting with a specific focus on free writing. Various forms of prewriting are discussed, including brainstorming, discussing, free writing, looping, listing, and many more. Further, exercises are provided to give writers inspiration. These goals are met through the use of a lengthy list of writing prompts complete with further resources, a highly detailed slide show presentation, and video clips offering the advice and encouragement of teachers and authors.

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Tutorial

Freewriting: Definitions, Techniques, Examples, and Exercises

This is a detailed slide show presentation that offers a look at freewriting, with definitions of several types of freewriting, exercises for you to try, and examples.

Source: See slide show for citation

Freewriting 101

An English teacher offers some basic tips and a real-world perspective on freewriting, as well as some freewriting-related reassurance for frustrated student writers. This step-by-step review of the freewriting process is a great place to start for any student with a writing assignment.

Source: YouTube

Free Writing: The Importance of Finding Your Voice

Garrison Keillor discusses the importance of finding your voice as a writer. Freewriting is a key element in discovering and developing your voice.

Source: YouTube

Writing Prompts: Ideas to Get You Started

 

 

The most important step in the freewriting process is simply to GET WRITING! If you're not sure what to write about, browse through these writing prompts and use one or more of them as a springboard for your own creative or nonfiction writing. Writing based on a "writing prompt" such as the ones below goes by many names, including "free word jump start," "free five word start," or "combo word start." Good luck!

 

What is...

 

  • What is something you dislike about yourself?
  • What is something you do well?
  • What is your favourite room in your home and why?
  • What is a good neighbour?
  • What is the worst thing parents can do to their children?
  • What is your favourite time of day?
  • What is your idea of a dull evening?
  • What is the best way to treat meddlesome people?
  • What is something you are optimistic about?
  • What is something you are pessimistic about?
  • What is your most indispensable possession and why?
  • What is the meaning of "He laughs best who laughs last"?
  • What is your favourite song and why?
  • What is the best birthday present you ever received?
  • What is the best birthday present you could receive?
  • What is something that makes you feel sad?
  • What is your favourite book and why?
  • What is something that really bugs you?
  • What is something that really makes you angry?
  • What is the best advice you ever received?
  • What is your favourite holiday? What makes this holiday special?
  • What is your favourite day of the week?
  • What is your favourite month? Why?

What if...

  • What would happen if you could fly whenever you wanted? When would you use this ability?
  • What would happen if there were no television? Why would this be good? bad?
  • What would happen if everyone lived in space? What type of houses would they live in? What type of clothing would they wear? What type of food would they eat? How would they travel?
  • What if cows gave root beer instead of milk?
  • What if all the streets were rivers? What would be different?
  • What would happen if people never co-operated? Why do you think it is important to co-operate?
  • What would happen if it really did rain cats and dogs?
  • What would happen if animals could talk? What are some of the questions you would like to ask animals?
  • What would happen if you could become invisible whenever you wanted to? What are some of the things you could do that you cannot do now?
  • What would happen if everyone wore the same clothes?
  • What would happen if you threw a piece of trash on the ground? What if everyone did?
  • What if you could walk up walls and across ceilings?
  • What would happen if you loved your neighbour as yourself? What if everyone did?
  • What would happen if you grew taller than trees? How would this change your life?
  • What would happen if children ruled the world?
  • What would happen if there were no cars, buses, trains, boats, or planes? How would this change your life?
  • What if everyone lived under water? Where would people live? What games would children play? What would school be like?
  • What would happen if you found gold in your backyard?
  • What would you do if a bully bothered you on your way home?
  • What would you do if you did very poorly of a test?
  • What would you do if a friend borrows things from you but never returns them?
  • What would you do if You were the teacher and everyone forgot his homework?
  • What would you do if you were in the middle of the lake and your boat began to leak?
  • What would you do if Your friend had a broken leg? How would you cheer him up?
  • What would you do if you saw little bugs in your salad?
  • What would you do if you woke up in another country and no one could understand you?

For more writing prompts, visit: www.writersdigest.com/WritingPrompts/

Source: http://www.canteach.ca/elementary/prompts.html, modified by Rebecca Oberg