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Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Creative Writing: Write on Wednesday

A few weeks ago while Blogwandering, I tripped across inkpaperpen's lovely space, and the online writing group she is chairing. Write on Wednesday, the group is called, and that's why you can see the button on my sidebar. The prompt for today's Write on Wednesday comes from Naomi at Under The Yardarm who left a comment at inkpenpaper after last week's activity saying she thought a Facebook Status Update could make an interesting writing prompt. And that's what today's starter was.

Write On Wednesdays Exercise 6 - Status Anxiety: Log onto your Facebook/Twitter page and write down the first status update you see.  Set a timer for 5 minutes. Write the first words that come into your head after your prompt. Stop when the buzzer rings. Do this exercise over and over if you wish. If you don't do the social media thing (there's bound to be some who haven't succumbed!) email me and I'll send you a status update from one of my social media accounts. If you feel uncomfortable about using one of your friend's status updates, consider using the most recent update on Lamebook, the home of the funniest and lamest Facebook status updates. 

 Mornings with Meg
"Just back from the school drop off. Drink bottles on the bench. Guess where I'm going again?!"

Posting this on Facebook gave Meg a moment to gaze at herself through another's eyes. Upbeat. Lighthearted.  That was how she wanted to be right now. Was that how she seemed to others? Or did others think of her as scatterbrain and dithery? Really, truly, Meg knew she didn't mind what went on in other's minds. Those who loved her did. And those who didn't. Well. Who cares anyway. However, there were moments when she just wished she could see herself through another's eyes.

What would those eyes see today, she wondered, as she struggled to locate the bottles amongst the array of plates, take home books and last weekend's Age strewn across the breakfast bar?

"Come on Blossom! Shoes on again! What fun! We're off to school again. The girls need us. Mummy left their bottles behind. Oh dear. Silly Mummy!"

Please do join in a conversation with me about this piece.


  1. This made me think about my own facebook updates... and whether I check myself or just blurt it out.
    I often wonder if people read what I intend them to or not.

  2. Love the image of chaos - last weekend's Age! Nice detail.

  3. That looks like my kitchen (only bigger) I've been known to chase the kids down the road clutching a PE kit dressed in a 12 year olds funky monkey dressing gown and yes, I tell everyone about it too. My friends love me for it, my kids dispair and everyone else? Well, if nothing else they can feel a little superior :)

  4. Yes. Many a time I've made a run back to school, having forgotten something. As I've returned I've made some lame comment to the teacher about 'losing my head...' blah blah blah but know deep down I don't really care what she thinks. I just see the joy in the kid's faces when they see me there again, like I've gone to a lot of effort just for them. That's what I felt in your piece. Well done.

    Anne @ Domesblissity

  5. Hehe, I definitely have mornings like that. No matter how organised we might be or how early we rise, we end up running out of the house a minute or two late. Half an hour later, I'll receive a call from school about a forgotten something or other.

    Wouldn't life be boring any other way?

  6. Those navelgazing FB updates make me cringe! Should I care?!? Maybe I am a bad person but it just doesn't interest me... sorry... enough ranting and on to your writing...

    Is that your kitchen??

    This is a really cute piece of writing. I can relate to the character x

  7. Isn't this just how FB is so commonly used? We really edit and pick the info we put on there, don't we? To make us come across to others in a certain way. I like that you took your writing to this place. I'm feeling like she is headed for a drastic change for some reason....


  8. Hi everyone! I've been a bit like Meg this week: run over by life. Making it back here has been lovely, cos all your comments are here to greet me. I think we all get the chaos that mornings with children, or without, can bring. Some few of us are at our best. Many of us are not!

    @Sarah I'm laughing at the image of you running down the street in your funky monkey dressing gown. I think you've got the start of a short story in that image!

    @Anne Yes our children do often look delighted to see us at an unexpected time. That glow of joy is quite precious. It's lovely to know you share that with your babes too.

    @Jayne We must be in parallel universes! Your comment could well be something I would write myself!

    @MultipleMum and Gill: FB is a curious environment for sure. I think it's a shaped and chosen image portrayed in a partly scripted environment. Certain types of message become the norm among a particular network of friends. I guess all friendship groups are a bit like that. We tell some types of stories to some friends, and other stories to other friends.

    PS It's not my kitchen....or hang on? Is it? ;P

    Thanks everyone. I'm already looking forward to next week! See you then!

  9. It isn't nice to post pictures of my house. It has been a rough week.

    Great post...what we do for those we love.

  10. @ V. Oh really? You didn't like me sharing it? I thought we kindred souls wouldn't mind to much. ;P I'm glad you liked the posting. We are a pretty amazing creation we Mums! Glad to have you around.


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