Every other Friday my freewrite group meets. I've been attending more or less regularly since introduced to it by my friend Paula in 1998. Today I was able to take my newest daughter-in-law, Jeannene, with me. It was great to spend time with her and to confirm what I had suspected: she is an accomplished writer.
My favorite book about freewriting is Writing Down the Bones, Freeing The Writer Within by Natalie Goldberg. The basic principle is to let go of judgement and just go with your first thoughts. I am constantly amazed at where my mind goes if I release any preconceived thoughts.
Each time I go I renew my promise to write more at home, to capture those family stories and memoirs that are ricocheting around in my head. Maybe this time I will.