Junk writing is a great way to dump any negative/bad thoughts as well as positive/great thoughts on paper. In other words, you think on paper. I heard about this exercise probably many times before in one form or another. However, I truly experienced it when I went to a meetup group called TO Writer’s Workshop organized by Maya. This was the first exercise we did before anything else.
This is how it works. Everyone is given 10 minutes to write anything that’s on their mind – good, bad, ugly, whatever – without any judgement. The point is not to write the perfect article but to clear any ‘junk’ so that our mind is open to fresh new ideas and thoughts. The first time I took this exercise, I was overwhelmed I might not be able to write anything beyond 4 minutes. To my surprise, I was able to write continuously for 7 minutes and then started struggling. Eventually, a new chain of thought came to my head and I was able to write again until 10 minutes was over and I had to stop.
It was definitely a great exercise to clear up anything that’s bugging anybody. The writing exercises following up were so much better as I was able to give my full focus, attention and dedication. The writer’s meetup occurs every 2 weeks at Ryerson’s Balzac’s coffee. So, if you have something to share, do drop by to one of the sessions. Maya is a great lady with awesome listening skills.