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What is Scribble Writing?

How to Keep Writing On Your Slow Days

By Atomic HistorianPublished 7 months ago Updated 7 months ago 3 min read
What is Scribble Writing?
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What is scribble writing?

Scribble writing is a very simple thing to explain. Scribble writing is what I call the writing I do when I don’t have the time to write something more substantial. Or it is often things that I write in between writing large, more immersive stories. Scribble writing is often where my poems come from. Sometimes they get published on their own. Other times I hold on to them until they ripen.

Oftentimes I hold on to something until I feel it is just right. And then I stop. I feel that it benefits everyone if I just stop where it feels natural. Sometimes I go back and add more. But usually not.

Where did I learn scribble writing?

I can’t say that I actually learned to write like this in particular. But it’s actually more of a reinterpretation of something I learned a long time ago in an after school drawing class. In this class our instructor would have us do a warm up technique where we would take out a sheet of paper and a pencil, and just let our hand move freely. In this we would get swirls, straight lines, etcetera. Then when we were done, he would have us find shapes that resembled something we could turn into a drawing. Sometimes you would get an elephant. Other times it might be a pig. And from there, you would develop the drawing more. And this same principle applies to writing.

Sometimes all I have is a small kernel. Or a vague outline of a story. Or it’s just two or three lines of a poem. As for the poems, as I’ve learned recently, sometimes this is as long as they need to be. But as mentioned before, I keep writing until I feel something has reached its natural conclusion.

What is the point of scribble writing?

The point of scribble writing is to use it to get yourself writing. Or to start writing. It doesn’t matter what you write. Just write something. As writers, we often feel like we get “writer’s block.” But this doesn’t really exist in the way that we perceive it to exist. Your writing isn’t blocked. We are often simply distracted, consciously or unconsciously from our writing.

I find that using a technique like scribble writing frees my brain from these distractions, and lets my writing flow more naturally. Sometimes this works a little too well though. And I end up spending a lot of my day waiting for the next moment that I can sit down and write, if it’s an idea for a larger piece.

However, this can be a good problem to have, as it often leads to a bunch of small pieces. On a platform like Vocal, where you are paid little by the read, this can quickly increase your monthly income from reads. How you may ask. Well, I’ve found that the average read count for a story ends up being somewhere between two and three reads. This is not based on my stats alone. I have seen other writers post their stats in the various Facebook groups. Some stories will have thousands of reads, while others will have never been touched. Writing is a fickle art. It requires the read to be interested enough to open the book or article. And while a Top Story can boost the stats of an author for that month, or that particular piece, the average piece has a hard time breaking past double digits.

But I digress. Below I have put a few specific examples that have come from me using this technique. I hope this article was informative and helpful. And hopefully using this technique or something like it can get you off the block.

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Comments (2)

  • Randy Wayne Jellison-Knock7 months ago

    Helpful. I guess that's pretty much what I did today, lol.

  • Mother Combs7 months ago


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