Sunday, March 27, 2011

3 Reasons to Psyche Scribble

I don’t know about you, but... sometimes I have a hard time digging in and getting busy on my novel on Monday mornings. I’m still wishing it was the weekend so I could veg on the couch and watch a movie. 

But the week is starting and along with it is the need to be productive.

So in an effort to get back in the swing of things sometimes I do what I call “psyche scribble.” You’re probably wondering what in the world I’m talking about. It’s easy really. Some call it writing practice, some call it free writing, but to me it’s more thought purging. I just write for about five or ten minutes or however long it takes for me to get in the groove so I can be productive on my book.

The reasons I like to psyche scribble are many, but I’ll share three: it’s a good way to vent frustration, sometimes great ideas sprout, and there are no rules to follow.

Vent frustration…
If everything has gone wrong before I’m able to sit down at the computer, sometimes it helps to write about what’s bothering me. It’s as if writing frees my mind from stewing. Kind of like Dumbledore in Harry Potter and how he stored his memories in the remembrall. He put them there for safe keeping. For me, I can vent my frustration and then if I don’t want anyone to see what I’ve written I hit that clever little key called “delete” and puff it’s gone. =D

Great ideas sprout…
Really! I remember doing my little psyche scribbles one time and all of a sudden as I wrote I realized I actually had the beginnings of a great short story. One thought led to another thought and before I knew what was going on I had an entire story about a green giant who no one in town liked so he ran away and wanted to die (downer, I know). I didn’t say it was a great short story, but that doesn’t mean it can’t be tweaked and made into one.

No rules to follow…
I don’t know about you, but sometimes as I’m writing I worry “Did I already use that word” or “Is that spelled right?” or “Don’t I need a comma there?” In psyche scribbling you just write. You don’t worry about ANYTHING because NO ONE is going to see it. It’s just for you and helps to purge all the cobwebs that have cluttered your brain so you can sit down and work on your novel.

Tell me if writing practice, free writing, or psyche scribbling is something you might like to try? Or if it is something you already do, let me know how it works for you. What benefits have you seen in your writing by doing psyche scribbling?


  1. It's definitely a purge for me. I remember once it helping so much with an area of my personal life that I was physically exhausted after writing it. Amazing, really. But it totally cleared the way for clear thinking. =]

  2. Laura,
    I understand, believe me. When I'm going through a personal trial it really helps to put my thoughts to words. Thanks for stopping by.

  3. Kathi,
    Your posts were both so close in content and idea that I thought, if you hadn't already seen this one, you might like to.

  4. Christina,
    Isn't that something? I have often thought that ideas drop down from heaven, and then everyone puts their own spin on them. Thanks for sharing the link.

  5. I don't do this regularly, as I don't often *need* to do it. But when I'm stuck, there is nothing better for me. And I get all three of those things out of it. I vent, I purge, I explore. :)

  6. Ali,
    I know what you mean. It helps me a great deal when I get stuck as well. Thanks for stopping by.

  7. I used this method a couple of weeks ago when my normal method wasn't giving me the results I wanted. It worked well!
    BTW, I remember the flooding you had last spring, and knowing the amount of snow we got this year, I hope everything will be okay for you all.

  8. Michelle,
    I'm glad it worked well for you. There's nothing more freeing than to just sit down and let your fingers fly over the keyboard. =D

    About the flooding, we are very worried. I understand that the county has tried to dredge the creek in spots and has put up barriers, but still, we'll be watching the water very closely. Thanks for asking.



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