Writing 101, Day Seventeen incorporating Day Sixteen

Writing 101, Day Sixteen: Serial Killer II

Today, imagine you work in a place where you manage lost or forgotten items. What might you find in the pile? For those participating in our serial challenge, reflect on the theme of “lost and found,” too.

Writing 101, Day Seventeen: Your Personality on the Page

We all have anxieties, worries, and fears. What are you scared of? Address one of your worst fears.

Today’s twist: Write this post in a distinct style from your own.

Earlier in Writing 101, both Michelle and I have talked about voice: that elusive element that sets you apart from every other writer out there. Style, however, is different. Your writing style might affect your voice, but ultimately style and voice aren’t the same thing.

While your voice is your own, and something that’s innately you, style is much broader. You might prefer long and complex sentences, or sentences with a lot of commas and layers building upon each other, or perhaps intentional run-ons and thoughts bleeding into the next and no pauses and lots of imagery and never-ending moments that run onto the next page.

I am being a bit sneaky here, I am late on writing Day 16 the criteria of which you will see above, I was procrastinating, thinking how the themes seem to be about lost and found, which I have already done, now a repeat and my creative mind just isn’t flowing at the moment with the subject matters being thrown at me.

Hey but rather than be a party pooper I should smile, as today we need to talk about our fears and anxieties plus ‘our’ voice and how we write/speak/express ourselves.

So here we go, I seem to be the person that takes on too much, I don’t know why.  For instance these challenges, though I thought it would help me somewhere a long the line with my writing ability, which if honest I don’t think it has, I always tend to jump in there.  Later I think OMG what am I doing, but now I started I SHALL FINISH in true British style, for I can’t give up because that means……


I need to learn to pace myself, maybe it is about the adrenalin of always having to complete something, you know what do they call those people who work under pressure, ‘adrenalin junkies’.  Is that me, I don’t think so.  What I think my issue is, is over enthusiasm.  I am like a kid in a candy store, and I think “oh yes that’s exciting, let’s do that”, then I turn around and think “oh yes now that really is good I like that”.

I blame it on being a Libran and never being able to properly make choices unless it is a life or death situation.

So how do I cure this?  Should it be cured?  If I cure it, will it curb my enthusiasm, isn’t enthusiasm good?

So there we go, that is a fear, I have many some too dark to mention, so we will stick with light and doable.  The way I express myself, certainly on here is the way I would talk to you in person, this is it, this is me, how I am.

I am often told that I write in a fairly old fashioned way, I have no idea where that came from, but I enjoy it, so long may it continue, perhaps it is my personage from a former life coming through, woohoo!  A  little bit of madness creeping in there I know.

But let’s talk about fear an anxiety and put it in to a fashion of writing that I like yet struggle to accomplish, but being a challenge junky I shall give it a go!  (Please don’t laugh) 😛

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Fear & Anxiety

Prickly fingers crawl from one’s spine

scratching incessantly, firing up rawness

upon each and every rib bone.

An icy sheet, muddling and confusing,

drips down ones brow,

blighting common sense,

inviting in fantastical demons

as thick walls of ones heart thud,

impossible to ignore,

like the petulant thud of

a spoilt child’s stamping foot.

The invisible corset tightens,

gasping now for breath.

Twisting snakes of sickness

meander through one’s core.

Demons and snakes now playing

until the spirit of calm

or comforting hand

sensible voice

take us back to earth

once more!

“The End”

Did you feel it?

 © Justine @ Eclecticoddsnsods.com


  15 comments for “Writing 101, Day Seventeen incorporating Day Sixteen

  1. June 25, 2014 at 3:03 PM

    Of course, the fear of failure, it’s a big one for everyone, I think. Surely for me, and I was considering writing about it too. (But then I gave up the idea!)


    • June 25, 2014 at 3:20 PM

      haha well that is progress that you gave up, because you dont worry about the failure of not doing it, that is great you see it?


      • June 25, 2014 at 3:21 PM

        That’s a great way to put it! I gave up only the topic of the post, but I think I can’t give up either the writing 101 challenge or the fear of failure, because I would lack a sense of closure.


  2. June 25, 2014 at 4:09 PM

    No, laughing here. I definitely felt the anxiety in the piece, and especially enjoyed the spoilt child’s stamping foot and the invisible corset. Cat x


  3. June 25, 2014 at 5:25 PM

    Wow. Failure is a big one. I remember writing this post. My fear was the unknowing the unknown if that makes any sense. Fear of failure is one I have trouble with as well. Being a perfectionist, its not easy to accept failure. But sometimes failure leads us to another path to success. Good post. I loved it!


    • June 26, 2014 at 7:53 AM

      exactly your right about failure leading us to another path and i am a big believer you havn’t failed if you tried your best 😀


  4. June 25, 2014 at 5:31 PM

    Hi I liked the way you combined two prompts and your poem is really evocative. Very engaging and enjoyable read.


    • June 26, 2014 at 7:54 AM

      I am glad you enjoyed, was hoping to at least draw in one person to my words :0 Lovely of you to pop by x Hope to see you again x


  5. June 25, 2014 at 9:41 PM

    You are an amazing writer, Justine. Whatever you are doing, don’t stop because what comes out of you is so special. Sometimes we DO need to tame the kid in the candy store, but you seem to make it work with humor and style and lots of pluck.


    • June 26, 2014 at 7:56 AM

      hehe as always you say the bestest thing, I have this desire to give you a surprise some day soon, gotta get my ass in to gear and get it sorted hehe…


      • June 26, 2014 at 2:17 PM

        Oh my gosh. You Do give me the best surprises, but your little ass has enough gears it’s turning (to mangle a metaphor). Didn’t you just write a whole post about taking on too msny projects ?!? You delectable nut 💞👍😍💖💥


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