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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.

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    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…

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  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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