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Writing 101, Day One: Unlock the Mind

To get started, let’s loosen up. Let’s unlock the mind. Today, take twenty minutes to free write. And don’t think about what you’ll write. Just write.

Keep typing (or scribbling, if you prefer to handwrite for this exercise) until your twenty minutes are up. It doesn’t matter if what you write is incomplete, or nonsense, or not worthy of the “Publish” button.

And for your first twist? Publish this stream-of-consciousness post on your blog.

Twenty minutes starts now. What will I write about? During the lead up to this Writing 101 challenge, I thought I might focus the exercises on my characters from my work-in-progress as a means of coming up with something relevant to write about instead of having twenty days of all completely different stuff.  Oh shit … I forgot to write down the time … twenty minutes starts now [writing down 5.03] and okay, I’ve already started … where was I? … oh yes, talking about my characters.
They are almost real people to me, though I don’t know what they really did before my story started, not when they were kids, and I don’t know how they are going to end up by the end of my trilogy or whatever I end up writing. I know what my main girl is going to do … to an extent.

Gee, twenty minutes is a lot time when you are going to write stream of consciousness. I have that book by Julia Cameron (?) Artist’s Way, I used to do the morning pages as suggested. I never actually worked my way through all the set of exercises in the book. But I do believe if you leap, a net will appear.

That ties in with my believe in synchronicity [the news is on and I will try to stop pricking up my ears as that  man’s name is mentioned! — I’ve sworn off politics on my blog for at least a week … and oh no, I’ll have to go look … time is 5.09 … okay, back, sorry about that, bloody idiot, I’m almost tempted to vote for bloody Palmer’s party next time, just to annoy shit out of everyone!. And if I’m going to keep talking like this I am going to change my rating up from G.

I’m … no, not going to apologize again. I’ll dribble on, and if there is anyone who hasn’t wandered off in disgust by now, thanks for sticking with me this far.

Who says I’m not taking this task seriously? I know I’m supposed to forget (as if) that this is going to be posted on my blog. How many people are going to post without tidying up? Will I edit and polish this crap. Will I spell check. Will I just skip this exercise completely? Too right I will… errr … no. [5.14] Oh gee [runs fingers of left hand back through hair — Terry Goodkind’s hero does that a lot, but maybe with the other hand]  Oops, deviated somewhat.

5.15 … ummm, am I exaggerating? only a little. My mind is going blank. I was going to talk about my WIP characters. I don’t buy very many books, but I have all of … [mental block, the old memory is failing ] … Richard … and Kahlan’s adventures. I love those books and probably read them twice a year. [5.17]

I should type slower, bit late to think of that now! Mind blank. Mind blank, mind blank, blankety blanks, never watched that show. I know I’m not going to impress anyone with my witty style but I’m trying my best, I’m being a smart arse. Ooops, did I say that? See, this is exactly what happens when you do stream of consciousness, all these truths appear among the dross, stuff comes out you didn’t even know you were thinking. [5.19]

I will have to edit because I cannot type properly, there are spaces in the middle of words, words are run together … 5.20 … what time did I start … scroll up and look … 5.03. Well I started a little before that so I guess I need not worry about the time away for the quick look at the telly, but I forgot to write the time I came back down anyway, so I’ll forget that. I’m going red with embarrassment when I read this tomorrow, maybe I better stop now.

Big breaths. 5.22, a minute to go. Umm … errr … I hope you enjoyed my …. 5.23!!!

Well, that’s all folks.

(Spell checked and edited before posting. Left in passive voice and  redundant expression.)


I started blogging in an effort to keep the old brain cells alive. I'm writing a fantasy series, I take more MOOCs than I can handle, and am trying to get my Nikon D3000 off auto. I live in Victoria, Australia, with my husband and our dog, Vika.

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