Sunday, 25 September 2011

The trouble with freewriting... that I'm not very good at it.

Freewriting is defined by Wikipedia as 'a prewriting technique in which a person writes continuously for a set period of time without regard to spelling, grammar, or topic.' Full article here.

If only it were that simple.

I've been doing it for a few days at the instruction of A215's workbook and finding it suprisingly dificult. My brain does not seem to work that spontaneously. Thoughts do not flow at the mere mention of a randomly chosen word or my own prompt to 'start writing now'.

Forcing myself to do it has had some results though. I'm hoping that with practice my limited ability to freewrite will improve. I really hope so.

Monday, 12 September 2011

Weekly Writing Challenge Week 6

After skipping most of them I finally feel like attempting a challenge. I quite enjoyed it and might consider doing more. Here's the challenge:

Week 6 - Twitterati

Write a piece of fiction using only 140 characters. This challenge is designed to make you think about your words, your letters and your punctuation. Write something that will allow your reader to fill in the blanks.

Remember, this is not 'up to 140 characters' - it is exactly 140 characters!

And my attempt:

Going to the zoo drunk was quite the bad idea. Trying to “liberate” the funny looking chimps from their enclosure was an extremely bad idea.

Saturday, 3 September 2011

Massive Brick Wall

I've fallen very far behind on the weekly challenge and I don't know if I'll catch up. A mixture of ME/CFS, travel and general stuck in a rutness has me feeling like I just can't be bothered.

Happily, the A215 course materials have been dispatched early. Perhaps when the BRB gets here and I've done some of the exercises I'll be inspired to get back to work. Hopefully.