Endless Writing is one of the common techniques we use across OneDayCurious.
It is a technique which many writers use as part of their routine to break down creative blocks or create initial drafts and thinking, but I often use to help people explore themes.
Essentially – it is writing without stopping for a period of time, to allow the subconscious to take over, to allow you to let go a little. It can be great for listening to yourself without judgement, but also helps you think openly about topics, connecting existing things you’ve observed, or generate themes for new things to explore.
The rules are simple, and this guide below may help you:
- Give yourself a time limit. Write for five-ten minutes, and then stop.
- Keep your hand moving until the time is up. Do not pause to stare into space or to read what you’ve written. Write quickly but not in a hurry.
- Pay no attention to grammar, spelling, punctuation, neatness, or style. Nobody else needs to read what you produce here. The correctness and quality of what you write do not matter; the act of writing does.
- If you get off the topic or run out of ideas, keep writing anyway. If necessary, write nonsense or whatever comes into your head, or simply scribble: anything to keep the hand moving.
- If you feel bored or uncomfortable as you’re writing, ask yourself what’s bothering you and write about that.
- When the time is up, look over what you’ve written, and mark passages that contain ideas or phrases that might be worth keeping or elaborating on in a subsequent free-writing session.