Writing tip: Writing in privacy

I’m reading Writing with Power: Techniques for Mastering the Writing Process by Peter Elbow. Published in 1981, the book offers suggestions that remain helpful to this day, such as this passage about writing without an audience in mind:

“…Students often come to feel a need to withdraw from writing for an audience…they sometimes don’t want to share their writing with anyone — not even with me….they need privacy for experimenting….”

Do you set aside time to write in privacy? If so, what were the results? If you haven’t tried writing in privacy, you might want to give it a try.

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