Freewriting: What is Freewriting

Have you heard of freewriting?

What is freewriting?

Free writing is a prewriting technique in which a person writes continuously for a set period of time without regard to spelling, grammar, or topic. (Free Writing, Wikipedia)

How?

Free writing is when you:

  • write non-stop
  • don’t correct your writing
  • keep writing, even if you have nothing to write, just to keep the flow of writing (imagine writing something that means nothing)
  • don’t judge or censor your writing

Why freewriting?

  • It helps to generate ideas before expanding
  • It helps to gather information before rearranging
  • It helps to unblock “writer’s block”
  • It helps to get comfortable with writing
  • Just for fun

Freewriting is the best way to start your writing, especially when you are suffering writer’s block. It helps to get into the writing mood.

You can free write when:

  • you feel that ideas are flowing in your mind
  • you have nothing to write and want to write something
  • you feel angry or sad and you want to let it all out on paper (or typing on your computer)
  • you want to sleep but cannot sleep

Example of freewriting:

1. http://web.mst.edu/~gdoty/classes/concepts-practices/free-writing-example.html

2. http://home.earthlink.net/~khatzi/essay/freewriting.htm

Resources on freewriting:

1. http://grammar.about.com/od/yourwriting/a/freewrite.htm

2. http://www.wikihow.com/Freewrite

*I do enjoy coffee, and if I have it my way, I might have more than one cup of coffee a day, so feel free to fund my coffee addiction 🙂

Link Love #11 : Word Per Minute

Hurry up. Test your typing skill. Check your wpm (word per minute).

http://labs.jphantom.com/wpm/

I got 49wpm.

Who should take this test?

Job seekers. You need wpm in your resume.

Update 3 March 2011: Check out http://www.typingtest.com/ to have a test on your typing speed.

*I do enjoy coffee, and if I have it my way, I might have more than one cup of coffee a day, so feel free to fund my coffee addiction 🙂

Money Vs Life

Money Vs Life.

More money = busy = no time to enjoy / spend the money

Less money = not so busy = more time to enjoy but with lesser money

No money = very relaxing = have all the time in the world to do anything without money

The truth is, life is complex. Life is not a simple equation.

Whether you have a full time job or a freelancing career, everyone has to work for money, and everything in the world is about money (earn more, buy more) unless if you are talking about real love (even love needs money – dating, wedding, e.t.c.).

Here I am running a small freelance writing business for survival.

I am not a celebrity & I don’t have millions in my bank account.

I am just like everyone else who works for a living.

However, while I work hard to earn a decent income, there are times when I take long breaks so that I can rejuvenate myself after all the hard work I have done.

Money is important but health is more important.

So as a freelancer, we need to take good care of our body. It doesn’t mean anything if you spend all your time on work so that you get more money but in the end, you are unwell.

Work moderately. Say “NO” when necessary. Remember you don’t have to say “YES” all the time.

Allocate some time for yourself to do whatever you want to do apart from work.

As for me, I prefer to read a book.

Thanks for your time.

*I do enjoy coffee, and if I have it my way, I might have more than one cup of coffee a day, so feel free to fund my coffee addiction 🙂

To Do List is a Waste of Time

This is my personal opinion.

I used to love to-do list.

I thought that a to-do list will help me keep track with my freelance writing.

During my first year in freelancing, sticky notes were my best friend.

To-do list on sticky notes seems like a neat way to keep track of the stuff that I need to do every day.

I have tried real sticky notes (that I stick to the side of my laptop), virtual sticky notes (that stick to the top right of the laptop screen) and others but in the end, I realise that to-do list is NOT suitable for me.

To write a to-do list is a waste of time for me.

I spent about 5 minutes planning on the stuff I need to do, but in the end, I failed to follow the to-do list.

The one reason why I failed to follow the to-do list is because I forget to look at the to-do list.

I guess I am just one of those who failed to follow a list.

Now, I work with the flow. No sticky notes to remind me of what I need to do and life is simple.

Do you use to-do list in your life?

You can find out more info on sticky notes, if you like.

*I do enjoy coffee, and if I have it my way, I might have more than one cup of coffee a day, so feel free to fund my coffee addiction 🙂

Half-Productive Tasks I Do When I Work

OK, I admit. I love to play and work at the same time.

When I am working, there are side stuff that I like to call “half-productive tasks”.

Curious to know what those “half-productive tasks”?

  1. I love social media so I enjoy Facebook, Twitter and reading Blogs.
  2. Watch an episode of Charmed (maybe two).
  3. More blog hopping.
  4. Read some articles on “how to make more money”, “how to earn money blogging” and maybe even “how to write for money” (not that I do not know these – just for fun).
  5. Check out my earnings from my blog (thanks for supporting!).
  6. Listen to Outlandish’s music.
  7. Researching for something that is not even relevant to my project.
  8. Playing Neopets (childish game but I first played this game in 2001/2002).
  9. Check out my WC fan page, instant messaging, emails, more emails and other stuff – perhaps banking / contacting people that I have not communicate for a long time.
  10. Blogging, writing, working, whatever you want to call it.

There you go! Enjoy!

*I do enjoy coffee, and if I have it my way, I might have more than one cup of coffee a day, so feel free to fund my coffee addiction 🙂