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

7 Proofreading Tips To Help You Proofread Effectively

So, you have written an article, an e-book or a thesis. However, proofreading is important to make sure there are no errors or mistakes in your work such as spelling mistakes or grammar mistakes.

It is a slow process but it is also an important process of writing especially if you are a professional writer.

Here are a few tips to help you proofread easily.

1. Get a reliable reference book especially on Grammar. Oxford is by far the best but you can check out other sources for reliable reference books.

2. Apart from checking spelling and grammar, there are other stuff to look out for such as heading and font sizes. Be sure to ask yourself, what you want to check before you start proofreading.

3. You might want to print out a copy of your work to proofread. Some people find it easier to proofread on papers. If you have a printer, print the material, proofread and correct using a red pen, if necessary.

4. Check the font sizes. Small font sizes will increase the chances of missing out the mistakes you make.

5. You might want to consider to hop around while reading. Read from the beginning until the end seems to be the perfect way to proofread but actually by hopping around, you can increase the chances of spotting mistakes especially wrong spellings.

6. Not everyone is keen on proofreading. It is a boring job (it is true!) because you have to spend so much time reading and spotting for any mistakes. However, someone has to do the job, and if you are not up for the challenge, find someone who is willing to do the job (with a price to pay). You can get a freelance proofreader through any freelance job sites.

7. Check again! Once you are done, read through the whole material again. It doesn’t hurt although you might not be in the mood for more reading (of the same material). Still, you have to do it to make sure you have a perfect copy before publishing (99.9% no mistake).

If you have any other proofreading tips, feel free to share with us.

Writing Emails – The Do’s and Don’ts

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Writing an email is not as easy as you think. There are many things to consider before you can press ‘send’.

Learn to write the perfect email by following these tips.

The Do’s

1. Have a Header.

I am sure you want the recipient to have a clue when they see the email in the inbox. Otherwise, your email might be in the risk of getting deleted since there is no appropriate header.

2. Use the BCC to send to more than one recipient.

This is to make sure that any replies to the email will be sent to you (only you).

3. Proofread before you hit ‘send’.

This is very important. Imagine getting an email from a self-claimed professional writer who can’t even spell correctly. The truth is sometimes, the built-in spellchecker can be a pain in the butt. Don’t rely too much on spellchecker. Instead, rely on your reading. Proofread.

4. Keep it simple and professional.

There is no reason to add smiley especially if you are writing an email for job application. Watch your language as well. Abbreviations are not recommended because not everyone can understand them.

5. Straight to the point.

Why you need to talk about something irrelevant when you can just mention the reason you send the email straight away from the beginning? Avoid using too much words to explain your intention. No one likes to read long emails and certainly no one has too much time for emails.

6. Remember to sign your name at the end.

I am sure if you are writing a letter, you would have signed your name. It is the same in emails, even though you can’t practically sign the emails, you need to put in your name so that the recipients know it is you. Don’t expect everyone to remember your email address (especially if you have an email such as lovely_lady@yahoo.com).

The Don’ts

1. Don’t set fancy formatting.

It is best to just use the default format. There is no need to set different fonts and colours as these will only confuse the reader and to be honest, fancy formatting is childish.

2. Don’t send attachments without permission.

If you need to send attachments, always ask first. It doesn’t hurt to ask but it is hurt if your attachments caused virus infection to the recipient.

3. Don’t use ALL CAPS.

This problem is less prevalent than it used to be, but there are occasional newcomers to the Internet who don’t understand that typing in all uppercase comes across as shouting in an e-mail message.

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Still having problems writing the perfect email?

Check these out:

4 Tips For Writing Better Emails

Email: The Manual: Everything You Should Know About Email Etiquette, Policies and Legal Liability Before You Hit Send

E-Mail: A Write It Well Guide–How to Write and Manage E-Mail in the Workplace

How To Get Focus In Writing Something You Don’t Need Research

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[photo credit: Andreika]

You have something you need to write. You have a deadline for a story, a news article or a press release. Something that you have already known — and it is sitting in your mind at this moment.

The problem is, you are too busy meddling with other things you don’t need.

Twitter. Facebook. Friendster. Tagged. Emails. Blogs. Gossips. Everything.

How do you eliminate all these distractions?

To be honest, I encounter these distractions often too. However, a girl must do what a girl must do.

There are two solutions.

1. Cut off your internet connection.

2. Shut down all unnecessary applications except the one that you are using to work on your article.

Yes, these are what you need to do if you want to get things done on time.

Cut Off Internet Connection.

As the title suggests, this is when you don’t need to research anything online. You have everything you need offline in order to complete your work so there is no need for internet connection at all. Otherwise, you will find yourself going back to Twitter. Facebook. Friendster. Tagged. Emails. Blogs. Gossips. Everything.

If you think that you have the power to control your desire, then you may connect to the internet at your own risks.

Shut Down Applications.

Shut down applications such as Winamp or Windows Media Player and leave only Microsoft Word or Notepad on. This will help you focus rather than messing with the songs and videos. Just like internet, these applications are distractions. We will never get started while we are still playing with these stuff.

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So, there you go, two simple and effective ways to get you started working on your project, whatever it is.

How To Write About Something You Don’t Know

How do you write about something you have no idea about?

In your writing career, you might be given difficult topics that you never heard of before.

Imagine having been a pro in writing about animals, suddenly you are given a topic about construction, surely you will be scared after all this is not your expertise.

This is a challenge for you, but you can overcome this by using the following steps.

Look through the article directories for more ideas.

Ezine Articles and Go Articles are good source of information to dig in and gain everything you need to know. Read up some of the articles and begin your own piece of article based on what you understand. It is not difficult at all.

Check out some free E-books on the internet.

If you can’t find what you need at the article directories, you can always look for free ebooks. There are many sources to get free ebooks on the internet for different topics. Of course the best part is they are all free of charge so you can get as many ebooks as you need.

Practice as often as possible.

This is not easy but if you have been writing often, surely you realise that the more you practice the better you can write and sometimes you don’t even need to refer to any other reference, as you can write an article based on your knowledge.

Most of the time, writing can be much easier, especially if you know where to source for information you need for your topic. Take your time when you write and never rush just to finish the work quickly so that you don’t end up with a piece of garbage.