Friday Freewrite #1 – “It always mattered…”


Just when it seemed the “Notebook” could not get any “Nakeder,” along came the Friday Freewrite!

Here’s the idea:

  • I will post a “JUMP LINE,” a short phrase that will serve as a writing prompt, each Friday.
  • YOU will put pen to paper and write for 90 seconds. (I’ll do it, too, of course.)  Don’t think.  Don’t cross out.  (That is wise advise borrowed from Natalie Goldberg in Wild Mind.)  Just start with the prompt and see where it takes you.
  • Then POST YOUR RESPONSE as a comment.

I am often surprised where my thoughts take me when I set “my critic” aside and let myself go, writing what comes to mind.  Poems, essays, even fictional characters can be birthed this way.  It doesn’t have to be good…you just have to write it.

There is a sentiment I have heard among my writer friends that goes something like this:  “First thought, worst thought.”  This, I think, is supposed to underscore the virtues of editing, but I’m not sure that anything could be further than the truth.

Editing is invaluable, yes, but so is learning to trust ourselves as writers.  I venture to say that most great pieces of writing started with two things: a “first thought,” and a writer who had the courage to stay with that thought, not dismissing it or editing it too soon.

Are you ready? Let’s begin!

Today’s jump line:  It always mattered…

See the comments for my response.


9 thoughts on “Friday Freewrite #1 – “It always mattered…”

  1. It always mattered…what she wore. How she looked. Even when she could not bear it, she put up her hair, like keeping up appearances could somehow be a self-fulfilling prophecy – like looking like things were okay would make them so. And maybe, in some small way, this is true…

  2. It always mattered… To achieve something. To feel like you actually matter. Whether it is something simple only oneself could recognize, or an amazing feat that could put awe into the hearts of millions. The feeling of achievement alone is worth living for, and of course bragging about.

  3. It always mattered what people thought about me. How they viewed my appearance and how they accepted what I offered to society. Some people call it people pleasing, I just call it crap and now it doesn’t matter.

  4. It always mattered that regardless of what i am involved with that i remember i am not alone, and that anything i do includes others; so, yes, Alicia McCauley, since Jen’s Facebook posts show up………oops, 90 secs is up.

  5. It always mattered to me what people thought about me. I found myself living my life for everyone else, until finally I realized that it was perfectly ok to simply be me. I found that by living my life in the way that I felt honorable to me, people would accept me just the way that I am. In a sense. Like it or leave it. I am who I am and not here to impress you. I am here for myself, my being, my core.

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