Originally Posted by Glen
It reminded me of another technique (I forget the source) which I think the author called "writing down the page" or some such. Just spillling thoughts, words, sense impressions, ideas etc onto the page and using that as a framework for your writing. The power is in separating the structure from the syntax - allowing your brain to focus on one thing at a time.
He does talk about a similar technique earlier in the book in ch5 pg25 "Finding Topics by Free Writing or Brainstorming". Though as the title suggests he is using it to find topics rather than structure. I actually tried something similar to this recently using a dictaphone and just blabbing away into it. A bit chaotic but it did result in phrases and sentences that were possibly more natural than I might otherwise have written them. Note: I'm not worrying too much about double posting in these threads. Apart from anything else it helps break up the mammoth posts!