Oh,no. I'm sleepy. what am I doing here ? Why am I sitting here? It didn't make any sence....
例えば、I am ----I don't know. Who am i? I am not a---- boy---とか。
キッチンタイマーで時間をセットしたら、自分でちょっとドキドキする為に、"Ready! Get, set, go!"
Free Writing は、時間に制限がありませんから、いつでもできます。The Artist WayのMorning pageの基になった方法だそうです。Creative Writingの一つの練習法のようですけど、
次に、この本にあった説明。Live Writing: Breathing Life into Your Words
"Free Write on an idea.
The idea of free writing is pretty simple: Don't think, just write! Get a stopwatch or timer. Now give yourself three to five minutes to write. You can write about a topic, or just write whatever comes into your head. Write whatever you want: words, ideas, fragments, phrases. Separate the words you write with commas or arrows, if you want. The idea is not to let your pen leave the page. Don't think: Write.
You know that nonfiction book I just mentioned about the river? Well, this morning I did a five minute free write on the idea:
river, river, river, river of water, downriver, tumble down rock stairs, rocks, mossy rocks, slippery, waterfalls, river of moist air on the bridge, white water, white sound, trout, speckled, lamprey river, lamprey eels, eels, leech, bloodsuckers, river animals, river insects, water striders, water bugs, water people, sunbathers at the swimming hole, kayakers, fishermen, man with high rubber boots, walking down river like he's walking down a stream..."
The Oxford Essential Guide to Writing (Essential Resource Library)
"Free writing simply means getting ideas on paper as fast as you can. The trick is to let feelings and ideas pour forth. Jot down anything that occurs to you, without worrying about order or even making much sense. Keep going; to pause is to risk getting stuck, like a car in snow. Move the pencil, writing whatever pops into mind. Don't be afraid of making mistakes or of saying something foolish. You probably will. So what? You're writing for yourself, and if you won't risk saying something foolish, you're not likely to say anything wise."
”My tutor said "Nothing can beat examples." And I believe so. Whatever I do something new, I don't get how to do it till I see some examples and of course "Just do it". Within trials and errors
I usually find a way that I feel comfortable.
Learning a new language is not an exception for me. When I was learning English at school via grammar- translation, I couldn't could neither speak, nor write, nor read. My comprehension without Japanese translation was zero. I couldn't understand the sound of English as much as I do now back then but my listening comprehension wasn't so bad because of the private lessons I took after school. The tutor was a Japanese- canadian and she brutally blabbed something uncodable without any translations. So, I sat there in the little room with this lady going on and on for about 2 hours. I nodded and smiled and laughed from time to time without understanding anything she said at all. However, I did understand whether her stories were happy ones or not. So, when she smiled, I did. And when she went cranky, I kept my mouth shut. I continued taking her classes for about 5 years because of the amusing sound of English and a bit of grammar translation time she gave me (She did my English homework from school).
Well, because of her classes I have become a master of non-verbal communication. When I went to the US for the first time for home stay, this skill really helped me. I could pretend that I understood everything!
it turned out to be a disaster when I got a job as a secretary at one of the major language school later on. My nickname, smily was given on the first day because that was all I did. I was so good at pretending that my manager didn't notice how
incompetent I was as a communicator verbally. But of course, those native english speakers found my false skill right away and educated me in the most brutal way- giving me so many tasks to figure out. In order to that, I needed to understand what they want. Real survival English. This experience got me start speaking and comprehending what they meant. But when it comes to writing, no skill at all at this point.
My writing got more fluent when I took a summer intensive course at one of community college in Seattle. It was designed as a preparatory course for international students. Perhaps on e of the best reading and writing course I have ever taken because of the quality and quantity. We had to write an essay a day on a topic the instructor gave us. Catalina was her name. She was such an inspiring person and amazingly read all 4o essays a day with some comments. If you did well, you got silver or gold stars. It sounds really silly but those stars motivated me so much because I imagine Catalina reading my essay in her room at night and bothered to stick some stars on it. The time she bothered to offer us motivated me. It was really intense 3 weeks but none of us dropped out from her classes. We all worked really hard and enjoyed the fruit of our effort. At the end of the term I stupidly invited all my classmates to my apartment including Catalina. My apartment room was densely packed my new mates like a crowded train but oddly fun.
Anyway, Catalina is the one who introduced me free writing. Oh I finally got the point!!! Well, this is free writing. You just write down whatever come up to your mind without considering any quality of your writing. It was so liberating and so unique experience I had when I did this practice for the first time. Catalina gave us only one instruction, "Don't stop your pen!" And she went, "Ok. Go!" Somehow I got into this activity after a few minutes. At the beginning I remember I wrote " what am I gonna write? Is she crazy? No topic? how is she going to evaluate it? Would she do that? No way..."
Something like this. And eventually got into "Flow" or "Zone" if you like to call it. Words came out from my pen. This is really wired but my mind went talking and my pen juts followed all the words came up to my mind. It was interesting. I think you might need a warming-up phase for reaching the kind of "high" state. Don't forget I was in the intensive writing course and wrote every single day about 500 to 1000 words of English, taking 5 to 6 hours of writing a day before I did this
activity. My pen was ready to go.
I hope you will be able to share the experience somehow. BTW, as I wrote this today, I was s bit sluggish. I stopped my pen a little and think about what I wrote. I didn't revise any of the content but I stopped. so, technically this is not free writing but quite similar activity, hoping you get an idea of free writing by an example :-)”
All right, so I think it's my time to do free writing when I recommended others explanations above. Now I feel so brave and proud of myself becasue I'm writing this below chico's free writing. isn't it kind of abrord and hilarious that I have to do this here. her writing is so beautiful and wonderful and oh no I can't stop writing all the prasing word, it's not appropriate .... wow I'm stuck now thinking that I should write this or shouldn't wirte that. better to go back some topic, well anything... ok it's about comic market for tommorrow. I'm going to the comic market tomorrow for the very first time in my whole life. it's kind of danger, going into the fire on my own, am I crasy? I do think so , but I got a special ticket that I can enter the place without stanking up in the looog line before entering. what I do there is that I have to hand out some brochers about my doing other than tadoku. that's what I can't tell you now because it's kind of taboo topic in public..., yeah I think I'm doing lots of taboo, what do you say that... hmmm, I can't remember, anyway some people might be offended, so I can't write but it's got to do some with English and it's very helpful for my improving English. I wonder if anything might be interested in my indie project and go beyond the narrow world of subculture in Japan..., oh it's hot, it'd be hot like today tomorrow, I have to take two bottle of water and a fan, Yes! that's fan I'm already put in my bag because the fan is hehehehe T&B, you know? it's tiger and bunmy picture in it hooray! I'd love to watch the movie soon. is it released on September or , anyone care to join me to watch? ha! I know there isn't any. that's ok. I have friends to talk about it and some are from abroad it's quite popular even in the world...fufufu"
指導者のみなさん、まずはご自身でfree writing してください。