Writing 101, Day One: Unlock the Mind


You write because you have an idea in your mind that feels so genuine, so important, so true. And yet, by the time this idea passes through the different filters of your mind, and into your hand, and onto the page or computer screen — it becomes distorted, and it’s been diminished. The writing you end up with is an approximation, if you’re lucky, of whatever it was you really wanted to say.

– Author Khaled Hosseini, “How to Write,” the Atlantic

Writing 101 Day 1 – Unlock your mind

Why does the above statement given by the Daily Post resonate with me?  It is as if someone looked inside my mind.

Why does it always have to be when you have an idea that you are always in the most inopportune of circumstances to even be able to write anything down?

How does it work for you?

download (1)Well with me it is usually when I am lying down, doing an exercise to help take away the pain for my back.  Now this brings me on to the subject of muses.  I know another writer and she writes best when she is suffering.  That is not to say that she writes morose subject matters, but for some reason it unleashes her creative potential bountifully.  This particular person is a great poet and also writes Dear Emma diaries, which are in fact a journalistic diary writing to herself of accounts of her day or feelings, a personal insight which I really enjoy.

This makes me think if I have a muse, when I am suffering am I more creative?  No I really don’t think so, having spent time at home has given me the ‘time’ to be more creative but when I am in pain, it engulfs me, I can do nothing else but try to get rid of it and this is usually by physical methods and yes that is probably where I am partially going wrong.  Ack horrible to see it now, I should be using my mind as well.  I guess I do but probably  not enough which is where I should be meditating more.  I see it time and time again how this helps people so I have not reason not to do it.

So back to writing, my mind always has a flurry of excitement at inopportune moments so I usually end up regurgitating this over and over, pondering it, changing it, repeating it in the hope that when I get to somewhere I can actually write it down  and that this is what will happen.  But usually by then like the statement above, it has changed and even the mere time it takes to go from my mind to my fingertips it has changed again.

downloadI often wish that someone could just plug an app in to my thoughts/brain and take my ideas/creativity straight away and formulate it in to type, how wonderful that would be, then we get none of the morphing and changing inbetween.

What about journalistic diary writing, would I do that?  I do it a bit for my ‘pain’ but at the moment I don’t write on my chronic pain blog quite as much which I see as a positive thing in an odd way but I feel guilty like I am letting down a supportive friend,which is nuts right?  It is a blog my followers there generally follow me here, but it just goes to show how one gets atttached to our blogs, almost giving them some kind of weird ‘realness’ in humanistic form.  Alright go get the straight jacket I have obviously lost it.

What is prevalent on my mind today.  I shall be brave and talk about normal things in my life rather than the pain side and today I go for an interview soon.  I didn’t really sleep last night very well at all.  I discovered that any decent clothing I possess I had miraculously  not washed, yet I knew I had to.  What is that about?  I sometimes think my mind has a perverse way of purposefully doing or not doing things just to make everything more of a challenge.

Right now not sure if I like this free writing thing only because I am now saying things that make me out to be totally ‘nuts’ LOL.  I hear you all saying “well sheesh we knew that already”.

download (1)So back to the interview, it is with Age UK, to do some volunteering.  I try to tell myself it isn’t a proper job.  But heck it is, even though I am not getting paid it almost makes it more important.  It is a charity, for a worthy cause and a charity that I can empathize with people that are vulnerable and have varying disabilities due to age.  The position is admin, but I am happy to muck in.

Apparently quite a few others have gone for this post, they know about my ‘situation’ and have still asked to see me.  So how will it go I wonder?

The interviewer is called Sue, will she be scary, or friendly?  hehe

Back to the clothing issue, well I dug around in my cupboard yesterday for something to wear.  I find a long black silk shirt that still has its tag on that I don’t even remember buying?  How weird is that, brand new clothes in my cupboard I have no idea how it got there.  So I am thinking of wearing this and black leggings with yes black shoes, then I think “uh oh, wearing black is probably politically really not the right thing to do when going for a volunteering post at Age UK, I mean its a bit morose isn’t it and close to the knuckle?”

So now I am on a total re-think on clothing, damn I just talked myself out of what I had thought was sorted.

imagesI am looking at the clock now as I am only meant to type for 20 mins, but you see I type a 100 wpm, I am not good at maths so need to grab my calculator, that a whopping 2000 words and do I really want to inflict free writing ramblings that size on my readers?  Haha not unless I want to lose readers, so I am going to stop now early and go and make teddy my french bulldog his piece of buttered toast!

Thank you for reading it if you did and if you didn’t I really don’t blame you…..grins


© Justine @ Eclecticoddsnsods.com

You will find the days challenge here if you wish to join in – Writing 101 Day 1 Unlock your mind

Free writing for 20 mins over and I had to pop some pics in!


  24 comments for “Writing 101, Day One: Unlock the Mind

  1. June 3, 2014 at 9:18 AM

    Why Science Cannot Unlock the Secret of the Human Mind?


  2. June 3, 2014 at 9:21 AM

    This is more than a free-writing exercise, this is a really wonderful and touching post. I love what you wrote about. It’s interesting about pain and creativity, many poets have this connected: such as Sylvia Plath. Good luck with the volunteering job! I believe the black skirt is a good choice, but I wouldn’t probably wear it with black shoes. I’d go for cheerful red shoes, if you have something like it 🙂 I know you have a lovely red handbag!


    • June 3, 2014 at 10:09 AM

      I had a wonderful pair of purple shoes but ack they have gone so ditched the black and gone for autumn colours as its decided to rain here! Thank you for your lovely comments, just off out now for the interview xx


      • June 3, 2014 at 7:44 PM

        So, how did the interview go? Can we expect a post about it 😉


        • June 4, 2014 at 7:17 AM

          haha no i thik that would be a bit boring. i got interviewed by two women they were very nice. it was odd being in a large sterile office environment everyone very monochrome i was quiet a splash of colour. It seemed to go well they do such amazing work. They are checking references now and will get back to me, if i get it i will share with one other woman an dits only two hours a week which is great, it is data input entry but I am seeing it as a means to getting something current on my cv and also maybe they willallow me to branch out in to other things as they do loads more and maybe even paid work later. i just hope i can sit for two hours that will be at trial xx


          • June 4, 2014 at 9:32 AM

            That strikes me as a good thing that you were a splash of colour in the office. Colours to me indicate enthusiasm, cheerfulness, eagerness — characteristics that you want in an employer. Keeping my fingers crossed for you!


            • June 4, 2014 at 9:44 AM

              You might like my day 2 101 writing! 🙂 and yes I am a colour girl normally! Black is slimming but colour shows character x


  3. June 3, 2014 at 10:32 AM

    Good luck with the interview!! xx


    • June 3, 2014 at 12:19 PM

      Thank you it went well they are going to contact my referees now so I think that means it ‘must’ have gone well, so lets hope my references come back ok. They do an amazing amount of good work. Would just be data entry very part time which is good because i can’t sit for long but hopefully I can branch out eventually and do other stuff 🙂 Had two women interviewing me wooohoo was so nervous but managed to chat away! wipes the sweat from my brow


  4. June 3, 2014 at 11:07 AM

    I think you did fantastic with this being your first write! I loved it my mind does that to it goes from one subject to the other and at the end you tied it all together nicely! Bravo for you! How did the interview go! What did you end up wearing and btw have a super day! Hugs to you I’m smiling because I loved this! It is the first blog I read this morning!😄😄😄😇😇


    • June 3, 2014 at 12:20 PM

      hehe I ended up wearing autumnal colours, a little boho which is kinda me, I seemed to brighten up their office and there were lots of smiles and chats so I think it went ok. There is no definite yes until they get my refernces but i think thats a good sign they are taking references now 🙂 ? crosses fingeres xx


  5. June 3, 2014 at 1:10 PM

    You have an amazing amount of energy considering your ailments – kids, photography, cooking, writing, walks, dogs, hubby and now volunteer time!?! sheesh you are a little nuts and a whole lot loveable
    *wink wink. 🙂


    • June 3, 2014 at 6:51 PM

      yes you know i need to pace myself as i over compensate for other things and end up regretting it lol xx huggles


  6. June 4, 2014 at 4:08 AM

    I often wondered about that creativity through suffering – sounds heroic. Good luck with the job – glad to hear the interview went well and you found suitable clothes. Don’t forget to wear the long black silk shirt – it sounds too nice to be forgotten in the closet.


    • June 4, 2014 at 7:21 AM

      I wont forget it and thank you so sweet to say 🙂 xxx made me smile


  7. June 6, 2014 at 9:45 PM

    I’m glad to be able to read an update about your interview too! I hope you get it.

    BTW…. I don’t think you are at all crazy. I think most of us do the mind things you mentioned. And I’m totally with you in the “I should be meditating more!”


    • June 6, 2014 at 10:17 PM

      Awe thank you and I think I need to put stickers Around the house to remind me lol it might then work and sink in! Xx


      • June 6, 2014 at 11:14 PM

        Stickers wouldn’t help me….. I’m not forgetting, I’m too resistant!

        But I am doing the meditative style walks and that is providing some of the same results.


        • June 7, 2014 at 6:28 AM

          Yes meditative walks are new to me but we find what works best for each person which is good 🙂


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