Freewriting by Peter Elbows (Summary and Reflection)

The article Freewriting by Peter Elbows states the significance and outcome once a person will practice 10-15 minute freewriting activity at least thrice a week. The introduction mentions its other term like automatic writing, babbling, and jabbering exercise. Though he gave a coherent sample product of freewriting activity, he still clarifies that it is still fine if there would be faulty grammar, spelling and incoherent sentences. A lousy introduction is acceptable in this stage, after all, one can throw it away and make a new introduction during editing. He believes that this skill can be improved by regularly practicing this activity. The difference of spoken and written language in terms of characteristics and nature were also present in the article. It tells how harder and more complicated written language is compare to the latter. In terms of the stages in writing, Peter Elbows stressed out the importance of following its normal step. Hence, when one is missed, it would make writing terribly difficult.

With all honesty, I am fascinated by this kind of pre-writing activity. True as it is that over consciousness in grammar rules impedes the writer’s chance to write fluently. As a result, the writer is brainstorming, writing, editing, and revising his work all at once. This is a bad habit then, and this makes me realized the essence of Freewriting. Just as a fisherman drop off his net to catch fish, and sort things out after to segregate what’s useful and useless, a writer should know when is right time to edit and revise his work and not in pre-writing stage!  Ergo, seeking perfection immediately should have no room in me! This is what the author wanted me to discern. There is time for everything. I would want to set myself as an example, sometimes I have a lot of ideas to write down but because I wear my editor’s cloak in pre-writing stage, I tend to forget them and instead focus more on my grammar. Traditional writer I am you may say, but that’s the fact. Surely his article served as an eye opener for me. I greatly thank Peter Elbow for waking me up that I must refrain myself from my bad habits in writing.


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