The great thing about writing for free is the freedom that it provides to the writer. Writing for free means being free from needing to worry about how anyone will react to what you’ve written. When I’m writing on my blog all the rules go out the window. No worries about editors, reviewers, readers – just me saying what I want to and saying it the way I want to. This can pump up the creative juices and has allowed me to write some fun stuff that wouldn’t have fit into a commercial format.Another great thing about writing for free is being free from the hassle of trying to sell what you’ve written. Book promotion is generally a frustrating and time-consuming task. Most writers would be happy to do without it. Once free from the chore of selling, a writer can also be free from having to worry about how to spend any money earned from writing. This freedom can then lead to the freedom to live in a cardboard box, which is said to be a great way of boosting creativity.The downside of writing for free is that it sets writers free to publish hastily-written product (such as this). Blogs are full of this kind of “brain leakage.” I’m not sure that readers are always getting a great deal from writing that is free from the standards imposed by writing for sale. The freedom to read rubbish is just one of the hazards that goes along with the freedom to read for free. My preference is to have the freedom to read both writing for free and writing for sale, appreciating each one for its respective merits.