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Celebrate Your Writing Independence


Can you remember all the way back to grade school when you got to do independent writing? You’d get the freedom to choose any topic you wanted to write about, from how much you loved balloons to how much you hated your bratty sister.  How satisfying that was!

And then you grew up.

Now find yourself writing a whole bunch of dependent things.

You write because you want to get a paycheck.

You write so you make sure you buy the right groceries.

You write because you need to get out that darn thank you email so Aunt Sue won’t badmouth you.

Well, this July 4th holiday weekend is all about celebrating independence. So, whether you live in the United States or not, I say, take a few moments this weekend to toss aside all those dependent writing shackles.

Write something simply because you want to.

Not for your blog.

Not for your website.

And not for your job.

To help spur you on I’ve collected some helpful lists and tips from grade school class outlines – just in case you’ve forgotten how to do this independent writing stuff.

Independent Writing Purpose:

Use your writing skills and strategies to support reading and writing development.

Materials of Choice:

Pencils, markers, pens, crayons, colored pencils, rubber stamps, computer, construction paper, newsprint, lined paper, unlined paper, stationary, notebook, envelope.

Independent Writing Tips:

  • Choose your own topic
  • Create pictures to go with your writing if you want
  • You can use resources such as Wikipedia, dictionaries and glossaries
  • You don’t have to spell everything correctly, do the best you can
  • You can print, use cursive, or use a computer – any font you want
  • You can write in your native language
  • Picture what you want to say to realize that your words will be telling a story
  • Read your sentences out loud to make sure it says what you want it to say
  • Use appropriate punctuation, where you can

Have fun. And remember, pick any topic you want – just because you can.

Please note, no matter what you write,

you will not be criticized, summarized, or ostracized.

You will not be graded, hated, jaded, faded or raided.

AND you will not be asked to read this out loud to the class – though if you want to share, please do!

Happy Writing Independence  Everyone!

photo by williamcho

About the author: Karen, zencopy creator, is a top 10 bestselling amazon author, creativity coach, and an online content specialist with a masters in psychology and passion for learning and teaching new topics.

8 comments… add one

  • it is important to connect with the fun part of writing – to get out of our heads and into our creative expressing mind.
    Writing without edits – just pure expression and play – that is divine

  • Karen,

    That is a good idea, I think writing from heart and following your passions always shows up in your writing. I like to think I write on blog, or comments because I want to not because I have to.

    I like the idea of doing what you like and love! Thanks for sharing.

  • Karen, I love your “let go and create” posts. I indeed did practice my writing independence over the weekend, using many different colored pencils to create my storyboard for the novel I’m writing, (I hope that counts). Even better, I wrote what could be considered the silliest flash piece I’ve ever constructed. Simply because I wanted to, and I could.

    I hope you had a wonderful holiday weekend, and as always, thanks for the inspiration!

  • Ah, now this is fun! I love using crayons and colored markers! I think writing with crayons is fun and brings out the more light-hearted nature in us.