Writing 101 – Unlock the Mind

Prompt #1: “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. The twist – publish this stream-of-consciousness post on your blog”.

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Just in time. When I recently posted about my stagnant writing journey, I received a stinging, wake-up slap from WP (it’s actually a subscription email from WordPress in my inbox). This is my first time ever signing up for this assignment.

Phew! Tough one, especially when it comes from someone whose (whose or who’s?) English isn’t her native language – within this timezone, fastened to a back aching chair from 9-6, with both eyeballs heavier than her lunchbox. It also felt like I am participating in “Typing Challenge”; concurrently gawking at the digital clock with a solid thesaurus ready for reference. Trust me, mind-boggling.

The habit of free-writing at a certain time frame doesn’t seem to squirm me much, BUT THE REAL PAIN IN THE ASS is when it comes to editing. I got to admit it took me 1-2 days to edit a single, disengage, moderate content of a post. Sometimes, the result would turn out to be closing the laptop lid and walk off.

It’s Monday today. Blue, black, orange or whichever colour you prefer to paint it. I woke up this morning with a pearl-white Monday, thanks to this writing prompt, my eagerness was twisted to check my inbox at 8 AM. When work started, 55% of my tasks were completed during the first half of the day, leaving me a catch-up time to write this post after a lunch break. Sounds pretty motivating eh?

At work, I portrayed myself as “The Flash” – happened when a stack of work was completed way too fast, too soon. I couldn’t control myself to limit the speed and it was certainly an eyesore to see post-its hanging with ‘Pending List’. Not to mention, the worst part was always the after-party; when I became idle after all work was completed in advance (I seriously hate idling time, because there’s no such clause as ‘me time’ when you are at the office). And when I became inactive, I got cranky – I started accusing people for working too slow or having inefficient co-workers. The truth is, our job doesn’t allow us to leave earlier, despite achieving 200% completion of your job.

Ultimately, I’d spend the remaining hours, TRYING to do “meaningful” things (or else the guilt feeling), and not to forget, hogging someone’s desk, to the extent where you were immune to this squawk: “Can you, for one sec, just stop disturbing me! Please?!

That’s my typical work day scene.

There Mr.Wordpress, I have rambled for 30 mins in the first writing challenge (10 mins cheated). Checked.




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