Simply put, free-writing is when you write freely and without hesitation, making thoughts tangible in the process.
It can be on a pad of paper, a notebook, a typewriter, a computer or whatever other device you have.
It's a practice that happens to have many, many wonderful benefits.
Don't believe us? Let researchers on the topic tell you the benefits.
In a paper on free-writing published by professor Alice G. Brand at the University of Missouri-St. Louis, free-writing:
...seems to proceed hand in hand with psychological growth, to reflect and enhance it, to deepen and extend it, and often to quicken the process.
A collaborative international research project between researchers in universities in Malaysia and Bangladesh concluded that free-writing was:
...an effective tool to help think critically, stimulate ideas and build confidence in writing.
Peter Elbow, a professor at MIT and one of the major figureheads in the early free-writing movement, claimed that, among other benefits, free-writing:
...increases the flow of ideas and reduces the chance that you’ll accidentally censor a good idea.
In a research paper published by Jeongyeon Park, professor at Busan University of Foreign Studies, 30 students that were asked to perform free-writing exercises remarkably all improved fluency in English. After completion, they largely stated that free-writing also:
...improved their confidence, lessened their fear of evaluation, and deepened their thinking skills
Research from Linda Y. Li of the University of Canberra resulted in her concluding that, when fully utilized, free-writing is a useful tool for students to:
...be empowered to think through problems, make discoveries, gain insights, and express themselves with confidence
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