Blogging University’s Writing 101 course starts today! Every day we will be given an writing assignment and a twist. We can choose whether or not we want to do the twist…. and we can choose whether or not we want to publish what we wrote during that day’s assignment.
Our first assignment:
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.
So here is the result of my 20 minutes of freestyle, stream of consciousness writing!
What should I write about? I have so many things to write about. Do I want to publish stream of consciousness on my blog. I don’t think so. Well I can write about taking the writing course. I am so excited to take this course. Blogging 101 was so helpful and I met so many wonderful bloggers, some of which I still connect with regularly. Learning more about story telling is very exciting to me. So much of what I write are stories and I have so many stories to tell. It is so interesting that I can remember so little about my first 21 years but can fill books with the next 44. I have truly been blessed. Well maybe I’m willing to put this stream of consciousness on my blog. Hmmm. I will decide later. I look forward to reconnecting with some of the people in the Blogging 101 course. And I look forward to meeting new people and discovering new blogs. I had no idea what was out there in the blogging world. And I hope to have a chance to write stories about: being in the 2004 tsunami; accidently becoming a train hopper or train jumper, whatever it is called; how our Litter Project began…. BTW we’ve picked up 213,000 cigarette butts;….. synchronicities…. that supposedly isn’t a word but it is a word to me; seeing a Victor Frankl video. I’m winding down. What else can I write in the 20 minutes? I read a blog yesterday written by someone who has a traumatic brain injury. I have a friend that has that too. I have so much respect for how both of them are dealing with such a devastating experience. So many people, including me, are dealing with chronic health problems. I also read yesterday about the effect of pesticides and other toxins on our health…something to become more aware of. I wonder what will be said about this period of our history when history looks back on it? What will we have created? Certainly lots of possibilities for posts are coming in this 20 minute assignment. I guess I will take the Writing 101 twist challenge and publish it!
Assignment #1 complete. I’m happy I was brave enough to hit the publish button on something that is so “unfinished”.