Exactly what it sounds like—okay, not really. Most of you have lovely consciences and kiss your mothers every night before bed, I'm sure!
But the rest of us are gonna have some fun in the meantime.
No quotes necessary. Just debate.My background isn't in literature at all, but being a hardheaded, opinionated bundle of joy, I get off to this kind of thing. I'm inviting all of you to chime in on an issue that surely has no right answer, regardless of whether or not you've studied it or experienced it or whatever. It's the Internet, dude.
So what the hell is free writing, anyway? Free writing, often confused with 'stream of consciousness' (think Faulkner and Salinger, among others) is the process of writing down whatever comes to your head without any sort of prior planning. While I maintain that some thought can go into the process as it's happening, some people insist it should be entirely the outpouring of one's emotions at the time.
But what's the debate? Okay, so you've got this thing that people use sometimes. Maybe when they need to vent, or when they need to get over a bout of not being able to write anything, or maybe they're just brainstorming. That free writing by itself has some utility, I don't doubt. (I've rarely done it, but it's been useful in getting out darlings I just couldn't bring myself to kill.) Anyway, the real issue comes when we question the value of the products from such an exercise.
Does free writing on its own have value, or does it have to be edited to be meaningful?
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Ad hominem arguments automatically get a . Look, I don't care what the fuck you were thinking. It's not cool and it's not productive. The point of me doing this in a journal, instead of the forums as usual, is to create a safer space for those of you who are intimidated by the forums, or don't generally feel comfortable supporting an argument on logic alone when everyone else is going around citing their sources (like a boss).
That said, you can be as Wikipediatastic as you like. Dude, citing sources is awesome. I'm making this very informal so it's not necessary, but if you've got books or stories or poems to reference, by all means do so! Even better if you can link to a place they're available online, for those of us who spend all day staring at a computer as our brains slowly seep out, but whatever. I'll make that library trip if I have to.
Last rule: by posting here, you are inviting anyone to challenge your views. If you have a serious problem making conversations like a grownup when someone doesn't agree with you, this is not the place for you. See above, re: ad hominem dick kicks. I can and I will. But anyway, please don't be afraid to be the minority opinion! I'm planning to Devil's Advocate everything—to the point where I refuse to reveal what side I fall on here (I'm sure I've mentioned it before elsewhere)—so you've got at least one supporter. Maybe.
I'll argue with you, too.