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

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.

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.

Ten Tips To Get Going In Writing

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These few days I have been having a hard time to concentrate on writing. Most of the time, it would be because everything is so important that I have to complete all at the same time. Then, there will be the moment when I feel bored about writing. Although these are temporary, I need to find a way to keep on going writing without feeling:

a. exhausted – sometimes, it is tiring to write

b. bored – just happen naturally

So, here are ten tips to help me (and you) get going in writing.

1. Spend at least 5 minutes a day to write something. This is some sort of practice to keep us in tune with writing. Imagine not writing for days (when we are on holiday or something), it would be difficult to pick up the momentum. It is similar to starting the engine in the morning. If you do not start the engine everyday for a minute or two, the engine won’t start easily next time.

2. There is no reason to keep on writing without a stop. Don’t spend too much time in writing because your brain will be drained and ideas will have a hard time coming to us. Your brain deserves a rest. What to do when you are not writing? Check out ‘ Don’t Be Scared To Waste Time Browsing These

3. Stop thinking about how much work you have completed. Concentrate on those that you haven’t.

4. Try to get rid of emails, social networking and IMs (Instant Messaging) when you are working. Those are the biggest culprit that disturb our work schedule.

5. As always when you are stuck, it is time to have a walk. Then come back and write more. Usually this trick really works, unless for some reason it doesn’t work for you.

6. When you write, make sure you sit on a nice and comfortable chair. The table should be equally comfortable too (not too small).I have a rather big table to accommodate a PC and a laptop (most of the time, there are also books lying around – *hint*).

7. Read a book in between those writing. A book doesn’t mean it has to be a boring type of book. Depends on what you love to read, you can read any books you want. I love to read comic books when I am stuck. This is why there are books lying around my working table. You can have fiction or non-fiction.

8. Time is important. Even if you have only ten minutes, you can put that to good use. Finish that sentence you wrote the other day or sort out your PC files. There is something you can do. Don’t think that the ‘ten minutes’ can’t settle anything.

9. When you write, it is best to make a draft before you really jump into the writing process. Often this will help you eliminate the writer’s block. Imagine starting to write without a clue. This is when writer’s block will strike.

10. Don’t forget to go out and have fun, and not just stay at home and write, write, write. Embrace your real life social life will definitely help you more in your writing, rather than spending more time with your online social networking (although online social networking helps too).

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Some online references for you to dig in:

15 Ways To Break Writer’s Block

Break Through Writer’s Block

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Books to help you:

Creative Block

The Writer’s Block: 786 Ideas to Jump-Start Your Imagination

Is It Good To Work With Other Freelancers?

This is a tough question. For some people, working with a stranger is totally off. However, what if the freelancer is a friend, instead of a stranger? Would you collaborate on a project with someone else, or take all the workload and do it on your own? Perhaps you are feeling a bit uncomfortable about having to split the payment into two (or according to a portion). However, it is worth to consider working with someone else whether it is a writing project or a design project.

The advantages of working with another freelancer:

1. You get more ideas by collaborating with another freelancer. This is generally because two brains are better than one. However, beware that too many cooks spoiled the soup.

2. You get to divide the workload so you don’t over work and burn out. This is important because most of the time, you will have to get everything done on time.

The disadvantages of working with another freelancer:

1. You need to charge a higher fee considering that you need to split the amount (unless if you can charge less, depending on your negotiation with the other freelancer).

2. Sometimes, bad communication might happen and things get bad. You might get into arguments and project is delayed or abandoned.

3. If the other freelancer is not happy with you, he/she might back stab you. Beware!

Conclusion:

Whether you want to collaborate with someone else or work on a project on your own is totally your call. There is no pressure to work with someone else if you don’t want to.

Have any more advantages or disadvantages? Leave a comment!