I remember that there was one technique of English writing that writes down every single word what one thinks. I forgot what this type of writing is called, does anyone knows the word?

"umm, I think yesterday was raining, eh.. but oh wait, no, It's incorrect. It was cloudy......."

  • Filler words Jun 21, 2015 at 16:09
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    I think you mean "Being David Foster Wallace." Jun 21, 2015 at 20:30
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    Stream of consciousness.
    – Drew
    Jun 21, 2015 at 23:03
  • famous example is the very end of James Joyce's Ulysses, "Molly Bloom's Soliloquy"
    – Rocky
    Jun 22, 2015 at 16:00

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Stream of consciousness is, I think, what you are referring to.

  • Stream of consciousness is a narrative mode, or device, that seeks "to depict the multitudinous thoughts and feelings which pass through the mind. Another term for it is 'interior monologue'."


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    bingo, that was the word I was trying to remember. thank you.
    – user126125
    Jun 21, 2015 at 16:16
  • @user126125 you're welcome
    – Avon
    Jun 21, 2015 at 16:16
  • However, stream of consciousness does not necessarily imply the inclusion of null words such "umm" and "eh" which you used in your example. Jul 2, 2015 at 11:54
  • @WhatRoughBeast The multitudinous thoughts and feelings which pass through my mind often include many umms and ehs. I worry now that I'm unusual in that way.
    – Avon
    Jul 2, 2015 at 12:00
  • Not to worry. It's weenies like James Joyce who apparently think in complete, uninterrupted sentences and paragraphs who make life difficult for the rest of us. Jul 2, 2015 at 12:35

As a technique, this is called free writing. As a literary style, it is called stream of consciousness (as pointed out above) or écriture automatique, when referring to the French surrealist movement around Breton. Colloquially, I have also heard people refer to it as brain dump(ing), but this has a somewhat different connotation.

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    +1 for the extra info. "Brain Dump" makes me think of "Brain Fart"; only more... substantial.
    – Avon
    Jun 24, 2015 at 14:03

I believe you are thinking of stream of consciousness.


I would also propose that this is an 'Inner Monologue' or 'Interior Monologue', the thought-stream from within your head.

interior monologue

A passage of writing presenting a character's inner thoughts and emotions in a direct, sometimes disjointed or fragmentary manner.


The term can be used in a literary setting as above, or to describe your own internal voice.

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