Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Write On Wednesdays--Take a Walk

Write On WednesdaysThanks once again to INKPAPERPEN for this week's writing prompt. This group is super supportive and is always keeping me thinking. Everyone should go check it out and join the fun. Writers of all kinds are welcomed and encouraged (and you'll get readers from ALL OVER THE WORLD! I have been read by at least one person on every continent). Also, every week I get so excited about reading others' blogs that I start reading how they have attempted the prompt first. Big mistake on my part as I always feel a little intimidated after reading all of the wonderful writing of others. Someone should remind me to write first next week then go read!

Write On Wednesdays Exercise 11 - Take a Walk: "Come back home and write what you encountered. Try to write so that your sentences feel the way the walking felt." Let's toss the 5 minute sprint aside this week and instead take a lingering stroll through our exercise. Participants are encouraged to write a first draft (the point being to get it out on the page), then to go through and edit their piece before posting. We're aiming to get from one place to another, taking the reader with us - economically, gracefully, elegantly. Perhaps start with the usual stream of consciousness exercise if you are having trouble getting started. But then stop and take a look. Edit your sentences and try to get them "feeling" the way your walk felt.

ALARM...snooze...NO! GET. UP. TIME. TO. WALK. DRESS. SOCKS. SHOES. juice and water. do i wake him to join me? AHHHH! WASTING TIME. JUST DO IT! IT'S STILL DARK OUT AND IT'S HOT EVEN AT 6 A.M. WHY CAN'T I FIND A SONG TO GET ME GOING ON THIS STINKING IPHONE. oh look, a bunny.  GET OUT OF MY FLOWERS! My ankles and heels are especially stiff and soar this morning. Maybe I shouldn't walk on the concrete. It's rude to walk in someone's yard though. WHY DO THESE PEOPLE ALWAYS PUT THEIR GARBAGE OUT AFTER TRASH DAY? THEY WON'T PICK UP ALL THAT FURNITURE! oh look bunnies everywhere. better their yard than mine i guess. NO NOT THAT SONG IT MAKES ME SAD. uhn...another house for sale or lease chad says all these houses for lease is not good we're never going to be able to sell our house when we get ready. I swear I always smell natural gas when I pass this house maybe that's why it has been for sale for so long. OOOOOOHHH GOOD SONG. is anyone looking? Swing. Arms. Pick-up Knees. look out dog poo. PICK UP AFTER YOUR DANG DOGS PEOPLE. husband wife runners i wish i could run. biker. NO NOT THAT SONG EITHER. i miss working out in the gym with gayla. i miss gayla. she would be proud of me for walking. she would be disappointed in me too. ACK! PANIC! CAN'T. BREATHE. FEEL. NAUSEOUS. in through the nose out through the nose. heel. toe. in through the nose out through the nose. heel. toe. getting to the turn around. GOOD SONG! turn around. husband wife team again. show offs. another biker. oh look the little lady who claps! i'll have to remember to look that up to see what it does (probably just scares the bunnies and mountain lions away...the news said they were bob cats). MAN IT'S HOT! drink some of your water. that guy is creepy. WALK. FASTER. he probably thinks i am creepy. The sun is coming up. Wonder how hot it will be today. I miss winter. Maybe I should just go back to the rec center then I could swim or work out on the elliptical and then I would not have to be out in the heat. OH! Gayla loved this song. I love Gayla. I miss her. STOP IT! Everyone is tired of you already. She would be tired of you too. It's time to grow up. It's time to quit this. It's passed time. Stop yelling at yourself. You are doing okay. You're walking today. That's awesome. You can do this everyday and start feeling better. You just need endorphins. I wonder if you can buy endorphin replacement therapy. Just what I need...another pill to try to remember to take. Find a good cool down song. squats. for. the. last. few. feet. maybe. some. sun. salutations. inside. STRETCH. BREATHE IN. BREATH OUT. SWITCH. Time for the rest of today.


  1. Beautiful early morning stream of consciousness! I read it fast, as though I was walking too. Congratulations.

  2. That was some power walk, Jaimee! Those short sentences and all caps are very effective. Nice work :)

  3. This is like me when I walk. Thinking about SO much - stuff comes in and out so quickly!

    Well done, hon. :) x

  4. Was it you who's talking?'Cos I thought it was me! You brought me with your thinking and that was great! =)



  5. Fabulous. There is a Nicolas Cage movie where he is walking down the street and the audience gets to hear his running stream of consciousness and your piece reminded me of this. All those thoughts, the brain gets as good a work out as the body! I giggled at the creepy man thinking you are creepy...

    Thanks for your lovely words about WoW. I am glad you are enjoying the group. I am super pleased at the way everyone is embracing Write On Wednesdays and offering each other great support. And we have only been going 2 and a half months! Lovely to have you involved.

    Have to admit, I missed your DING a little this week!