Writing 101: Day ONE: Stream-of-consciousness writing

Writing 101: Day ONE: Unlock the mind

Today’s PROMPT:

“So welcome to Writing 101: Building a Blogging Habit. In these twenty days, we’ll dive into the elements of storytelling, help you cut through writer’s block and — as Natalie Goldberg teaches — access the pure thoughts and ideas of your wild mind. 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.”

When Time meets Words:

It’s past midnight, and so it is tomorrow actually, though it feels like today still. Till I go to sleep and get up bleary-eyed and weary after around five hours of sleep (on my lucky days), it won’t officially be tomorrow ! Most of the time while writing, I plan how the idea should pan out. While composing a poem with a definite structure, I put a lot of thought and research (on the form) into it. And I like these mental exercises ! After years of free-versing and random writing, it fees good — all this structuring. YET, often what happens is that something else suddenly takes over. It is as though another part of the mind that was watching the deliberate workings of its counterpart suddenly got impatient and decided to step in. And then my writing begins to flow along some unplanned, uncharted lines, and usually, such passages turn out to be the best of the whole. You can check out an example here, especially the last two paras. Totally unplanned !! And now, am going to myself in — to sleep ! Good night all.  Or is it ‘good morning’ ? Will depend on your time zone. And that is what I also love about these challenges. Even if I procrastinate, I might still be ‘on time’ 😉


  1. I’m usually a couple days behind, but so far no one has flogged me. 🙂

    • Same here ! But then I keep flogging myself 😉

      • Exactly. 🙂 Me too!

  2. Thank you for that. I am in India and where are you ?!

  3. You’re on time where I am 😉

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