Wild Writing is a timed writing process that we use to tell our
stories with and to uncover the themes we want to write about.
For 15 minutes…
we write as fast as we can, pen never leaving the page. By writing so quickly we are able to push past
our inner critic and our ego and all the ways we stay trapped in looking good. This gives us a chance
to move into a less self conscious, loose groove where, if we’re lucky we may stumble into the fertile
imagination that lingers within us, conjuring up stories and memories that are waiting to be written.
After we write we read our work aloud. We don’t critique, but instead feed back to the writer some of the words or phrases we heard and that resonated with us. We do this three times within the session. This technique, while very therapeutic, is also a wonderful way to jumpstart any good writing project because it helps you get to the chewy nougat of what you are trying to say.