I'm taking two writing classes this semester. And in writing classes, one is rather frequently expected to do free writes. And I hate free writes.
Does that make me a bad person?
All these things exist to help make you a better writer - free writes, thought maps, character interviews - and I just can't stand any of them. I've always felt like they're gimmicky and forced. Right now, I am desperately trying to outline A Bridge to War, because I seriously need to, and it is so hard. I'm kind of failing at it.
The way I plot things out (from essays to novels) is sort of a weird method of internal half-outlining. I'll know major points and plan those out meticulously in my head, and then I'll start writing, eventually connecting all those major points together (because yes, I am really picky about writing in order).
But because of class I have to free write. And I suspect that some thought map type things are forthcoming. And I dread that.
At the same time, though, I'm trying to keep an open mind about it, because last year I did learn some good things that I wouldn't have been open to previously. Such as how to let things go and rewrite them, for instance.
But at the same time, I am not sure I can get over my hatred of free writes.
I don't know, guys. Is this one of those writerly matters of personal preference? Or should I just stop whinging and learn to like the free write?
How do you guys organize your thoughts when writing? How do you get started? (Don't worry, I won't hate YOU if you free write. :) )