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 – Renae Lider Jun 21 '15 at 16:09
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    I think you mean "Being David Foster Wallace." – Germane Jackson Jun 21 '15 at 20:30
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    Stream of consciousness. – Drew Jun 21 '15 at 23:03
  • famous example is the very end of James Joyce's Ulysses, "Molly Bloom's Soliloquy" – Rocky Jun 22 '15 at 16:00

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 '15 at 16:16
  • @user126125 you're welcome – Avon Jun 21 '15 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. – WhatRoughBeast Jul 2 '15 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 '15 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. – WhatRoughBeast Jul 2 '15 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 '15 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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