In a world where time is hard to divide and hours of pure concentration take much energy and effort, random writes have come to save me. Random writes are defined as followed: A short, 500 – 2,000 word, non-edited dabble in whatever the author wants to write about.

I have also heard these referred to as “flash-fiction,” “quick writes,” or even “warm-up writing.”

I have a folder on my computer titled “Random Writes,” which I’ll write in whenever my brain feels like writing something new. Mine tend to be fiction, mostly narrative types, but I also do this with poems. Random writes are a great way to lay down some creative energy when, say, in the middle of line editing a novel.

Random writes have improved my writing. Many of mine are almost 100 percent dialogue, as that’s what I’d like to get good at in my novels. However, I recently tried my hand at writing a blurb of mythology, and I often attempt to write news stories off little things going on around me. Random writes allow authors to write in all genres, something I feel strengthens writing and a writer’s voice.

During school I often have little time, and when I began writing I made the conscious decision to prioritize school over writing. I don’t regret doing this, but it doesn’t allow me to crack down on my novel and get a lot done. Writing little stories and articles have helped me continue to with my writing even when I’m not working on my main project.

A few times I’ll sit down to write something floating around in my mind as a random write, and realize how that idea should actually be turned into a novel. Maybe I’ll even snag a character or two out of previous random writes to write the book. Writers struggling to find things to write about: try your hand at a random write or two. They don’t have to make sense or be completely logical, but in the end, you’re getting ideas onto paper.

These quick writes also allow the author to write almost “childishly.” I don’t mean sloppily and with poor grammar, but with freedom to write about any idea, no matter how impossible or stupid it may seem. Who knows, perhaps you’ll surprise yourself and write a masterpiece from that “stupid idea.”

To any authors out there, jot down a few random writes. Write about whatever comes to mind. Maybe how that pen on your desk was made, or, *gasp*, maybe how it was passed down from your late Great-Grandfather who used that pen to sign away millions to a wife who never loved him. The possibilities are endless. Go ahead and use them all to your advantage.




This guest post was contributed by Samantha Fenton. Samantha lives in Ridgefield, Washington on a beautiful ten acres filled with many beloved pets. Samantha is currently striving to traditionally publish, as well as enjoying her passion for golf.