Writing 101 – 1st week experience

First week of Writing 101 is in the books. It has been an interesting and exciting experience so far. My husband and friends say they are seeing a side of me they did not know existed. Actually, I did not either.

Each day, five days a week, we are given a challenge exercise, with a twist. In The Commons we can read other students posting with comments and discussion. Sharing with each other is a key learning piece in this program.

The assignment for Day 1 was to write without editing or re-reading for 20 straight minutes – no interruptions, just let whatever is on your mind flow onto the page. I called it “Unlock to Rededicate.” This was a kick-off to building a writing habit.

Day 2 was fun to write, but I got pressed for time and did not finish it very well. Lesson learned – write when you can dedicate yourself to the task – or save it for later. My husband thought “A New Day is Dawning” was poetic.

Day 3 was another free writing exercise – minimum of 15 minutes – writing about my 3 favorite songs. I titled this one “Music is my friend.” It is interesting the twists and turns you take when free writing.

Day 4 is to be the first part of a 3-part series; parts 2 and 3 will come later in the month. This challenge was to write about a loss leaving the ending open for more of the storyline at another time. The idea for this story came to me in the middle of the night – woke me up at 3 am. No, I did not get up to write at that time; I still have a real job.

Day 5 was the hardest of the week. You find a letter and feel the need to find the owner and return it. In my posting, the owner is whoever picks up the letter.

I look forward to week 2 and continuing the discussions and challenges with my new friends.

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