Day 377: 5 Minute Freewrite: Thursday - Prompt: cross-eyed

in #freewrite2 years ago


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Prompt: cross-eyed

  • Set your timer for 5 minutes
  • Start writing
  • Use the hashtag #freewrite and #freewritepoetry if it turns out to be poetry
  • Publish your piece (include a link to this post if you wish)

Copy and paste your URL into the comment section of the prompt post.

If your freewrite turns into a poem, please use in addition to #freewrite also either #freewritepoetry or #freewritepoetrydigest so we can find you!

  • Or, if you don't want to publish your freewrite, just copy and paste as a comment under the prompt post.

If you don't know what a freewrite is, here is a link to the introduction post.

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And @improv's input:

Two things I do a little differently. I just type "timer" into google and it pops up a 5-minute timer. I also type directly into steemit. I also rarely use a photo, don't I? So that's three things.

Please read, comment and vote (if you have voting power) on each others freewrites as much as you can. Especially if you are new to the platform, you will be surprised how many friendships are formed by reading and commenting on each other's work!


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As many of you know, we have a Spanish speaking Freewrite effort going on. The fearless leader is @latino.romano who is putting a lot of effort into building the Spanish language community. Thank you!!

But that is not what I want to talk about today. I want to talk about Venezuela.
If you listen to the news at all, you know that the country is having a lot of difficulties right now - and many are suffering.

I know that we can't change the country or help all that are suffering right now. But we can help our Freewrite Community members - at least a little bit.
Please, upvote the following people as often as you possibly can!


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  • We are thinking of doing a collaboration workshop on how to get a manuscript ready for publishing. Let me know if you are interested - both, to either share your expertise and/or to learn... Starting in either December or January.


If you have a business on Steem you want to share, let me know. I will start a dedicated section in the resource portion of the prompt posts.

Spanish Freewrite Initiative

The Daily Prompt is now also being published in Spanish and a Spanish language community is forming.

@latino.romano is the leader of the community and I am sure, he would love for you to stop by and say hello - in any language. If you are bilingual, please feel free to publish you freewrite in both languages and drop the link at both Daily Prompt posts.

Está publicada la versión en español de hoy @latino.romano

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Writing help

  • A free app: Grammarly. A lot of us are not native English speakers and I am finding it a helpful app. It will underline spelling and grammar mistakes. Just remember that is is not always right -especially if you use complex sentence structures. Here is the link

  • Remember The Most Dangerous Writing App. You set the time - 5 min - and start typing. Don’t stop!!! It will destroy what you wrote if you stop for more than 3 seconds - and backspace does not count as writing on the app. If you are prone to stop and think - this app forces you to keep going. You can make corrections after the 5 minutes are over.

  • A timer. Egg timer is a free tool you can use on your desktop to set a time. This is useful for our freewrites or if you want to work in blocks of time and then take a break. Here is the link

  • I found this app through @emwalker. Use it regularly and it will help you type faster and more accurately. 10 fast fingers

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  • The discord channel Isle of Write has workshop rooms for fiction, non-fiction, and poetry where some of the experienced writers might be able to give some tips. Join with this link

  • If you are ready to get serious about improving your understanding of the English language check out @majes.tytyty blog. He has lots of useful information to understand words and their roots better. If you have questions or need help, leave a comment on his blog.

  • If you know of other helpful tools or people, please share with us!


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Thanks to @wonderwop and @whatisnew for delivering prompts. :)
My morning was dedicated to NaNoWriMo and I managed 1641 new words, but trying to update my NaNo home page is a time killer. Still haven't gotten an author photo to upload (not that I want one, but anything is better than a generic image like Twitter's infamous egg), and this despite donating the ten dollar minimum. I still don't like Google dox for composing and self-editing. I'll go back to the W.I.P. now, resist the urge to do a 5-minute freewrite today (unless "cross eyed" fits in), and see if i can silence the internal editor/perfectionist and just WRITE.

I wish you the best! Freewrites definitely saved me from my inner editor/perfectionist, but I think I went in the complete opposite direction. I never even want to read over what I wrote, much less edit it! :)

I need to reach that point!
Well, except for "never want to read over what I wrote" - I assume you don't mean you hate reading your own writing. i made the mistake of reading what I had written for NaNo this morning and was on the verge of giving up on day one. Lesson here - do NOT read what you wrote for at least 3 days or longer! And be prepared to hate most of it, and be on the lookout for the little bit that will be worth saving....

I just generally don't want to read what I wrote, because I kind of feel like I'm reading it/discovering it as it's being written. I'm really REALLY weird about not wanting to redo something I've already done. I rarely rewatch movies or reread books I've read, unless it's been a LONG time. I feel the same way about my writing, my art, pretty much any of it.

I don't plan to read any of my NaNoWriMo until it's all done. I'm tracking the plot stuff as I go so that hopefully for once I won't need to keep going back to read things to find a scene/character name or prop or something for a future chapter. I don't want to second guess myself into not finishing it!

Just keep writing. You can always look it over later!

It's a healthy habit and one that allows you to be more prolific than the introspective perfectionists who never know when to quit revising! I need to emulate you.


Well, while what it says in the freewrite in regards to me wanting to finish the novel this november it's true, I'm TECHNICALLY not doing NaNoWriMo (in it's webpage or something like that), just using it as motivation... in any case, my freewrite of today. I'll also be reading and commenting what the MadWriters do during this adventure:

Too tired right now so hope to look at it again tomorrow

oh wow! Thanks for the nanowrimo! I didn't know such a thing existed. Please consider reading my 5 minute cross-eyed post.

Last but not least? :D Here is my entry for today's freewrite. I enjoy these so much!

I'm not posting my actual NaNo novel anywhere until it's completed, but I am going to post an update of my word count each day as well as posting a freewrite or a blog post of some sort. Here is today's freewrite and Nano update:

hi everyone, I always seem to slide in late. Here is my offering.

I got to revisit Tiny tonight, and meet his friend Elizabeth Correll! Please enjoy CROSS-EYED (5-minute Freewrite) by A.E. Jackson