Stream Writing

United States
June 10, 2008 11:25am CST
Have you guys every done stream writing, or stream of consciousness writing? For those that don't know stream writing is the act of sitting down in a calm area and putting a pen to paper and just begin writing, don't think about writing just start going and then let your uncouncious mind begin to write. I have tried that before and got nothing, my mind is constantly abuzz with idea and I have never been able to completly not pay attention so total bust for me, but I am really interested in hearing about what other people have experienced. Let me know your stories about this.
4 responses
• United States
11 Jun 08
i have bad ADD so i cant seem to do it.. i can start writing about something then ramble for pages but not start from a cleared mind
• United States
11 Jun 08
that may be my problem with doing this as well. I have some form of ADD I am sure even though I havn't been tested. I wonder if that has something to do with it.
@cher913 (25895)
• Canada
10 Jun 08
yes i have done with writing fiction (my thing is non fiction and i have sold quite a bit) but i tend to suck at writing fiction, especially the dialogue part but i still enjoy just writing down a story once in a while even if i am the only one that will see it.
• United States
10 Jun 08
Yeah I do fictional writing and the dialogue part has always been the hardest part for me, one reason I enjoy short stories so much.
@fifileigh (3621)
• United States
12 Jun 08
that is how i wrote my first novel...i just started writing and kept writing until the end without stopping even though i would write junk in the process along with the interesting stuff. i figured that i would delete the junk out during editing phase. and when i came upon a writers' block, i used some writing exercises from one of Natalie Goldberg's books. and just kept going, keeping it flow until the end. when finally i couldnt go anywhere, even with the writing exercises, which hinted that i need to start writing the conclusion, the finale. the conclusion chapter turned out to be the longest chapter, but a closure to the novel. then i went thru editing for like 20 times, until i finally self published it. what a process..
@Allie_xoxo (1064)
• Canada
10 Jun 08
we used to do this in my writers craft class. We all had our own writers craft journals and at the beginning of class we would all stream write and then read them out loud. I had forgotten about this method unti you mentioned it, I want to try it agsin today. Thanks Lizard.