Essence: Day 316: 5 Minute Freewrite: Friday

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I once had an argument about the difference between the essence of something and the function of something. This person wanted me to believe that the essence of something and the function of something were interchangeable words, i.e. synonyms.

I use a chair as my example. The essence of what makes a chair is its four legs and a backrest (most of them anyway), and the function of a chair can be something to sit on (but it doesn't have to be). It can function as something to stand on to get something. It can function as a way to keep your door closed. It can function as a way to beat off an attacker. However, the essence of what makes a chair a chair is still the same no matter what it may function as in a particular moment.

I even pulled up the vastly different definitions and provided her a list of synonyms for the word essence. She still wanted to argue her case. I, being hard-headed, dug my heels into my position even more, and she did the same.

I finally dropped the subject and never brought it up again. Some people just want to be right no matter what evidence is provided for your case.

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My Completed Freewriting prompts:


Non-Fiction
DudeBittersweetHookHousecoatNail
Faster Than LightSweaterA Ridiculous Amount of FunMosquitoBamboo
The EntrywayPartyImportantHer Homemade JamsBack Pain
MotherMilkSwingBored StiffMonkey’s Wedding
AppetiteTravelFrosting a CakeBonesClouds
ScratchWetDepressionCampingQuadrillion
Describe the Room You Are InDewSkinnyMoldHerbs
WoodCore ValuesPlayersSyrupSell-out
SpaparachutesGrapevineNothingMishap
Eagle ScoutBurningRadio ShowElectionDesert
Iris

Fiction
Cane (Bonus: Red Wine)BasketParasolWireA Kiss
CherryMiamiLizard CavePhonePrototype
DiscordA Jumble of WordsSuffers in SilenceBathTalking Dog
Grand PianoEpilogueChalkFood to the TableBasics
CopySquashFried ChickenPotbellied PigCancer
Dog BreathMovementBreedFoolDrive
Flea Market DoorknobDescribe Your ShoesDuckySheep

Ongoing StoriesNumbered in Order of Story's Progression
Detective Story#1 Trolley #2 Flea #3 Awakening
Suspense/Horror#1 Late #2 Banana #3 Paper #4 Tree #5 5 #6 Home Alone #7 Doctor’s Office
The Stall#1 Medium #2 The Stall #3 The Stall #4 Mice #5 Detective #6 Homeless #7 Eyebrows #8 40 Percent Off #9 One Year #10 The Stall
Church#1 Church #2 Ornate #3 Chips #4 State
Butterfly1. Old Maid 2. Pitiful 3. Headache 4. coffee 5. Three Grapes 6. Helicopter 7.Helpless 8. Overslept 9. Smooth as Silk

Poems
#52 Caterpillar#85 WildflowerHardboiled MindsGrief
TowelsSee You on the Other SideTearsLightMask

Weekend Freewrites:
The Crooked UmbrellaThe PictureThe Chair That I’m Strapped ToA Common Ending
WithdrawalRichard’s SurpriseThe TrapCanyon Making You Crazy?
The HawkEmerge from the DepthsMarjorie's Alcohol ProblemThe Run Around
Gene's the Quiet TypeMemories

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MonsterEagle Scout 1st Entry: 2nd Entry: 3rd EntrySmooth as SilkTorment of the Light Bulb

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