This week, I'm writing a little bit each day about Taking Flight: 6 Weeks to an Inspired Writing Practice. The third module of the course deals with your authentic writing voice -- your original voice, the voice of home. It's the strongest voice you can write in, the one that is absolutely yours and no one else's. It's also the voice that gets edited out of us, usually starting in the first grade.
So how do we get it back?
By writing fast.
Grab your pen or your computer and type quickly, before the editors in your head can stop you. This practice of freewriting -- of writing quickly, usually for a set amount of time, and not editing until after you're finished, is the best way to re-connect with your authentic writing voice. If you have trouble not looking back at what you've written, try typing on a computer and setting your monitor to the darkest display setting so you can't actually read what you're writing. You'll make spelling mistakes -- that's okay.
Here's a prompt to start with:
Write about a turn of phrase your parents or grandparents used frequently when you were growing up. Write for 10 minutes without looking back or editing.
All done? Okay. Now look back at what you've written. Is it a confusing mess? Maybe. But look closer -- I guarantee that somewhere in the rubble, you'll find something beautiful. Something completely authentic. Something you.
Taking Flight: 6 Weeks to an Inspired Writing Practice is now available from Nest & Story. It's a 100% online, self-study course, so you can do it on your own time, at your own pace, from wherever you are in the world.