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Vernacular EloquenceWhat Speech Can Bring to Writing$
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Peter Elbow

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199782505

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199782505.001.0001

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What Is Speaking onto the Page and How Does Freewriting Teach It?

What Is Speaking onto the Page and How Does Freewriting Teach It?

(p.147) 7 What Is Speaking onto the Page and How Does Freewriting Teach It?
Vernacular Eloquence

Peter Elbow

Oxford University Press

This chapter explores the concept of speaking onto the page and how freewriting teaches how to use the unplanned speaking gear as a disciplined practice for part of the writing process. After discussing freewriting as pure exercise and how it can be used to achieve serious results, the chapter considers inkshedding, an application of freewriting that foregrounds speech, and invisible writing, a version of freewriting that foregrounds the role of attention. Finally, it cites two books by Maria Rosa Menocal that describe how indigenous languages flourished, along with oral and written literature, around Romania during the “Dark Ages”.

Keywords:   speaking onto the page, freewriting, writing, inkshedding, speech, invisible writing, attention, Maria Rosa Menocal, indigenous languages, speaking

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