Writing 101, Day 1: Free Write

Ok, here we go! Woot! A new writing challenge.

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.

On a day like today, what a person really needs is a nice lamp. The kind that sheds warm, golden light and sends a halo of it over the room. Not like the buzzing metallic florescent ceiling light. Something softer. Something quieter.

With strands of fog clinging to the mountain sides and drops of rain dripping from the eaves, a solid sky of patchwork grey and air heavy with dampness, a lamp and a good book could have a good date. Burrow down in the blankets, the red fuzzy one wrapped all about, sip tea and drift off into the other land of the story. The rain will start again and peter off, but the lead clouds will stay. No sunlight shall pass them by and so a lamp could be those golden rays. Could.

We have no lamp, no warm light to fill the room. They’re in storage an ocean and half a continent away. Only the buzzing florescent overhead is here to light the day, but it lacks warmth. And so, we wander between rooms in the grey of the day, marveling at the drops of water clinging to the windows, letting cool air creep through then and wondering, should we go outside and face the day? No trail runs this morning. They’ve all turned to mud. A run on the street perhaps? Or would yoga inside be better? Maybe I’ll just curl up in bed?

What to do? What to do?

A rainy day dilemma. Oh how I wish I enjoyed such days. But, why shouldn’t I?

Go for a run. Face the rain. It’ll give you sunshine and brush away the weary face of a grey day. Find some beauty in the wet world beyond the door along the be-puddled streets. Marvel at the way the clouds seem to peel away from the sky and drift into the mountain’s arms. Feel the drops of rain sail from bright green leaves onto your face. Listen to the birds calling. Enjoy that cool, cool air on your bare skin. A good book and warm tea will be waiting when you return, bringing with you an internal lamp of sunshine to brighten the room.


5 thoughts on “Writing 101, Day 1: Free Write

  1. Wonderful ideas and imagery shared for this post/challenge.

    Truly different and insightful – loved the simplicity of the words and the concise means of relating “deeper” thoughts. Great job 🙂

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