Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Tuesday Tip # 5: Five-minute free writes

In my critique group, we call them JOPs (short for Junk On Paper). Someone puts out a topic, usually one word, and we give ourselves five minutes to write freely, non-stop, no editing.

Occasionally these little exercises will turn out something worthy of publication, like a short poem. Sometimes they end up being the start of something much bigger. Either way, they are a fun challenge, something to get your writer wheels turning.

Try it yourself and see what good it does for your writer brain!


  1. Anonymous11:02 AM

    That sounds like a fun exercise! Hm... I could maybe open up the dictionary and do the spinning finger drop trick to pick a word; cool.

  2. I think you should give everyone an example! :)

  3. Okay, Corey, I'll go for it.


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