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fifteen minutes of no shame

12/16/12 , , , , , , , ,

do you ever free write?  just spend a few minutes floating down streams of consciousness and seeing where you end up?  it’s recommended for aspiring writers but i think its benefits can extend to everyone else as well.

i started doing it a few years ago (more consistently within the past year).  15 minutes of non-stop writing without inhibitions.  logic doesn’t matter.  silliness reigns.  also, you have to shed any concerns for spelling or grammar (which frustrated my spellchecker so much that it quit).


it took some time to get used to.  usually before i write something, i like to let my thoughts fight their way to the page, darwin-style.   while such “striving for perfection” can be great, one also should leave room to be imperfect.  it’s in those spaces sometimes where true growth happens.

for me, i’ve found that when i really let my ideas/thoughts run naked, i gain material that may be nonsensical and flawed at the start, but can be later crafted into something great.  moreover, letting that material flow out of you is a good way to check in with yourself.  too much of our daily attention is spent simply reacting to external stimuli (work, entertainment, etc.).  your brain needs a break from that stuff and time to process/react things from within.  free writing is a fun & informative way of handling both (kinda like a more random journal).

out of the 70 pgs worth of free writing that i’ve done, i haven’t shared any of it with anybody.  until now.  below, you can check out what i wrote this past friday, left exactly how it spilled out.  try some free writing of your own and let me know how it goes for you:

Let’s see if I still remember how to do this… first off, yeah. Well hello.  It’s been a while.  How are you?  Oh that’s good.  Me?  Yeah I’ve been aigh.  You know I was meaning to hit you a while ago but I got busy or I just forgot or some other wishy-washy excuse.  Did I say that out loud?  L o l.  so what have you been up to?  Yeah your whole life story.  Yeah the whole thing.  Oh.  I should’ve kept up with you?  Fair enough.  Me?  Nothing much new really.  I think my mouth is bleeding.  Yeah cavity.  I think.  I hope at least cause something else that’s worse wouldn’t be the business.  I’m flowing slower with this but I wanna take my time to talk to you.  You deserve that after all of this time.  You know to keep it all the way funky?  I actually called you by accident.  Clicked on word when I met to click on something else.  can’t even remember any more.  You distracted me ha.  But let’s say it was fate.  Destiny.  God-ordained and orchestrated.  Oh you don’t believe in that?  My bad.  Maybe you should.  God could be what you’re missing in your life right now.  You were talking about how lonely you were since I left you right?  Oh, maybe that was me then.  What am I doing right now?  Just talking to you.  Also banging out this big boi album.  How is it?  It’s cool.  Actually, it’s fun.  I’ve never thought of music being fun to listen to but that’s the best way I can describe this.  I’ll give it another to catch the lyrics but so far it’s one of the best albums I’ve heard this year.  Yeah with Kendrick, nas, frank, norah, jack and Miguel.  Surprised me too.  But hey, gotta give respect where respect is due.  At least you should.  Think about it.  If you don’t, you’ll live in a state of denial.  Also you’ll never let people know how great they are.  Or how great you think are.  Nah, you don’t know that.  Sometimes you need to say it for them to know.  Could be completely oblivious to little hints no matter how obvious you think they are.  Yeah I heard about the shooting.  Crazy ish man.  I wish    actually never mind.  A few issues though.  The gun control.  Shouldn’t be so easy for dude to get those guns to shoot up those kids and grown kids.  The mental health issues.  People need to seek help.  Have help available to them.  Have people more receptive to accepting and giving help.  Recognizing the need for help for themselves and others.  Redundant much, you say?  Ha, yeah but you get me.  The other issue?  I had another one?  Oh you assume I did because I said a few.  I can see why you made that mistake.   Cause you’re dumb.  Haha, just playing.  I did have something else but I forgot.  My bad.  Or maybe I just felt like I had more at the start than I really did.  I do that too much in other circles so I wouldn’t put it past you.  I mean me.     So   whatsup?   Yeah I don’t really have much else to say.  Entertain me.  Or I gots to go.    Yeah I’m serious.  I’m sincere (no j’s son).  I’m so sincurrr (threat voice).  We got a minute left.  So in it, if this is our last, oooohh that was the 3rd thing.  Appreciating life.  Never know when your time’s gonna run


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Carlton, this is excellent. Thanks for sharing. Never thought of doing it before. I am certainly going to try it. I am going to introduce it to my staff as well. Best regards. God bless. Sincerely, Auntie M



thanks auntie…let me know how it goes when you try it. and may god bless you too.



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