Read the following excerpt from Peter Elbow’s Writing Without Teachers (1973).
Now set a timer for 10 minutes and freewrite. Feel free to write in your native language. Use a pen and paper, not your computer. Don’t stop. Don’t put down your pen until the timer goes off. To make it easier to get started, try responding to this question: “How can language connect people or solve conflicts?”
After your timer has gone off, look at your freewrite. What do you notice about your writing? Did you write any answers to the question that perhaps you didn’t expect?
Post a paragraph that summarizes your freewrite here. This summary allows you to share the parts of your freewrite you think are interesting and keep private the parts that are personal. Then reflect on your freewrite: How did this exercise work out for you? Did you find it difficult? Interesting? Entertaining? Frustrating?