A Free-Writing Rant against Free-Writing Rants

Writing 101 staff is running out of ideas. For the last but one day of the challenge, we are left to our own resources and asked to free-write. Again. More than an exercise in writing, this is a useful exercise in the art of patience: for the third time in the last four weeks, I say a resounding no to free writing. I admit that my patience is being heavily tried and that I must brace myself with all my force not to start a free-writing rant of hating on free-writing.

It’s not like there isn’t enough free-writing on the internet, is it? What’s the original idea of blogging if not to find an outlet for one’s formless grammarless free-writing rants? What am I doing now if not blogging and ranting in free-writing? What it encourages me to do is to stop thinking – which is bad enough – and to disregard the form of the text in favour of the content – which will cost you your job if you’re a proofreader/editor. Oh, wait, I am a proofreader/editor!

I understand that free-writers are supposed to edit their rants once they’re done ranting. I suspect that most free-writers don’t even suspect that they are supposed to edit anything. Thinking of errors only after you’re done writing is very much like taking a morning-after pill – that is, thinking of babies only after you’re done making them. It is indeed an option, but it doesn’t strike me as the best choice. I choose thinking while writing and getting it right on the first try.

11 thoughts on “A Free-Writing Rant against Free-Writing Rants

  1. If you don’t like it, don’t do it. That’s what I’ve done with Writing 101.That adverb thing was annoying so I won’t finish it even if I started it.That’s the rebel in me 😀 I don’t think you have to do all the assignments anyway.


    1. Hey, Mia, so nice to see you around! Sure, I knew I didn’t have to do the task when I didn’t like it, but I decided to take the challenge 🙂 Also, I feel always pressurised to finish things…


  2. Excellent illustration on which to end this post. Planning ahead indeed.
    My own contribution today (to the latest incarnation of this course) will appear later…


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