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FREE RANGE writing

Writer Jenny Alexander offers inspiring advice on why it’s good to break out of your box


Many writers start out with an idea of what kind of thing they want to write and then never stray from that area of writing. That’s a shame, because thinking of yourself as just a novelist, or a poet, or a memoirist, or a non-fiction writer means you don’t get to explore the full range of your writer self.

Free-range writing means going off your normal writing tracks and experimenting with new ways of expressing yourself through short forays into different areas of writing.

This is a great boost for your creative spirit because creativity is about breaking new ground, trying new things or doing familiar things in new ways. It also gives you new skills and material to bring back to your chosen area of writing. For example, if you normally write fiction, writing non-fiction and memoir can make you aware of the wealth of knowledge and experience you have that you can bring to your themes and settings; writing poetry can help you develop a richer and more lyrical voice, and tap into the emotion of a scene or character.

If your normal area is poetry, writing non-fiction and memoir can help you develop narrative, character and conflict, and writing non-fiction can extend your range of themes and subjects.

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Free your mind! In the new issue of Writing Magazine we look at finding new ways to expand your creative horizons. We also take a look at editing, and offer a practical plan to take your work from messy manuscript to a clean draft that will impress editors. In our star interview, Joanne Harris talks about folklore, fairy tales and sprinkling magic into your fiction. Plus inspiring ideas, practical exercises, success stories, writing prizes to win and much, much more!

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