Catching Up to Writing 101, Day 1: Unlock the Mind

Writing 101, Unlock the 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… And for your first twist? Publish this stream-of-consciousness post on your blog.- The Daily Post

I always take up more than I can manage.  I really wanted to do this Writing 101 but I also had booked my tickets to go on vacation.  When I go on vacation, its all about getting away from the computer to just do the minimum possible and it didn’t help that where I stayed didn’t have accessible internet.  However, I am confident that I can catch up with a little bit of hard work to make sure that I finish what I committed to.

Unlocking my mind is exactly what I want to do.  Starting Days, Nights and Daydreams was exactly that purpose: to reach into my mind and find the creativity.  Obviously, this post doesn’t quite do that but it helps manage my thoughts and initiate my late first steps into the world of Writing 101.

The challenge has been going on and I have all tracked down all the topics and hopefully with possibly two posts for the next two weeks, I’ll be able to get back on track.  Thats the ultimate goal.  I always finish what I start and this won’t be an exception.

Being away also helped clear a lot of brain congestion that been going on.  It has to do with the immense stress and worries from reality and being unable to even focus and find the motivation to compose posts for this and especially for my longer running blog, Tranquil Dreams.  Its time for a change when those moments hit.  It was my first realization on my trip.  Change is never easy but sometimes, there is the leap of faith that has be taken to open up a new world of possibilities.

Every day carries new possibilities.  Somehow, being away brought back some of that courage that I lost.  I found back some of the self-confidence that I had and also came back with a little bit more happiness and contentment.  I feel a bit more back to the old positive self that I fought so hard to keep alive.  Its sad when being positive takes so much energy because its not supposed to.

Stress is a vicious thing.  So is dealing with the harsh truth of money and its effect on human nature.  Things just get really ugly.  On  one hand, I understand but on the other hand, I question whether its right for me if it has become so heavy.  Maybe its just the environment that I need to change.  After all, isn’t that why I’ve heard from some that people like to change jobs every few years?

There is an immense amount of options out there and as I look through it, it may not mean that its easy to find something new but I’m done with sitting around waiting for something to change.  That reminds me of the Chinese folktale about the man waiting for a rabbit to crash into a tree after it happening once before.  We are suppose to take control of our lives to a certain extent even if destiny and fate has its course but sitting around doesn’t make things better.

Its only been 10 minutes and I feel that this post is getting really preachy.  I’m really curious what others have written when they unlock the mind.  I’m not really thinking about what I’m writing since I’m already late and this is really just my way to apologize for starting late.  I’m a perfectionist for the most part and its taking a whole lot of energyto not scroll up and correct what I’ve typed up.  I’m probably missing a words here and there because my fingers don’t type at the pace that my brain releases its words.  Actually, the more I blog the more I realized that I’m a perfectionist.  I’m far from being a great writer but I love casually writing my thoughts.  So far, on my other blog, I’ve realized how fun it is to write reviews, mostly related to movies.

I wonder how many people doing this Writing 101 is involved with the NaNoWriMo.  Its been one of the biggest reasons why I’ve become interested in writing creatively.  I have a lot of thoughts and my imagination is totally out of whack.  Its one of the main reasons why I get so scared from horror movies, even if it deemed to be not all that scary.  It sometimes makes me laugh when I think about it.  All these movies that haunt me comes from my beliefs and then the imagination prolongs the effects.  Its the anticipation and I build up on that intensity and then expectations about what might come next.  Even when I expect and anticipate, some times even the obvious can make me jumpy because I’m already on edge.  Skilled directors, writers cinematographers along with composers and sound effects all team up to build that engaging atmosphere.  Creativity really does come in all forms of art.

It seems that my 20 minutes are slowly approaching and about time also.  Here we go! Writing 101 officially starts and I’ll be playing catch up for the next week or so.  Hopefully, I’ll be able to get back on track with my normal segments also which I’ve been losing track of also.  Its time to get off Europa and go somewhere else Out of This World and to probably write a Fifty or Hundred or Hundred-Fifty. I’m putting some twists on my own segments also.

My mind is officially unlocked, fellow Writers 101 and readers! Are you ready to check out what else these writing exercises have in store? I’m a bit nervous but I’m ready for the challenge! 🙂

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