Writing 101 Assignment #1 – Free writing

When I write, I’m careful about each sentence. I agonize, edit, preview, and rewrite many times before I publish, so free writing is a little scary for me.

I have spent hours thinking about what I would write. There’s always a number of things running through my brain at any given time. So what am I going to write about? I don’t have a clue, but here I am trying to come up with something to write.

It’s a struggle to just let go, write with wild abandon, without a care for grammar, spelliGrammarng, or punctuation. What if someone, probably you, judges what I’ve written? “It shouldn’t matter,” we all say that about other people’s opinions, but it does matter. That’s why hater’s have so much power.

A news anchor on Global TV read a few letters from hater’s. They were upset about the clothes she wears. She’s pregnant and people feel she should cover up that big bump with more appropriate clothing. People have written in to tell her how big she is, and how inappropriate her attitude is.

So, she responds to the ugly, hate mail by telling everyone how hard she tries to block the hate, but then catches herself looking in the mirror to check out her size. She asked her husband what he thought about her clothing choices. She hates that the haters got to her. She mentioned that when we say something ugly, a little bit of it will stick.

The one letter she received was from a group of people. They didn’t sign their names or give a return address. In typical bully fashion, they hide behind their hate like the cowards that they are.

This anchor’s co-anchors add their two cents. One of them feels that this kind of mail doesn’t deserve a response, the other co-anchor gets in her own dig, commenting on their poor grammar and spelling. I’m not a hater, but this is as I stated earlier, my worst fear.

I guess what I really fear is looking stupid because seriously, poor grammar portrays someone as uneducated and lazy. My timer went so I’ll wrap this up.

I have a confession, I can’t ignore the prompts that let me know when I’ve made a mistake. Kudos to everyone who wrote freely. I’m stuck in grammar jail.

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