I cannot lie- this was tough. So tough that my brain decided it needed a day to process, which is why this post is a day overdue.
Phewy- 113 words that fit into a more-or-less pre-determined structure. I ended up using the Shakespearean sonnet’s rhyme structure (abab, cdcd, efef, gg). Determining feet was not my strongest takeaway from college, so it is possible I didn’t get the iambic pentameter quite right. I did try to have one perspective in the octet and the contrasting view in the sextet.
I am painfully aware that some of the rhymes are forced. Forgive me: it has been many moons since I last attempted structured poetry.
Read, but please don’t weep.
On days when I have nothing else to do
And e’en on days when I should know better
I find myself logging in to Facebook
And Instagram, and YouTube, and Twitter.
I let my soul be barraged by news feeds
And I feel pressured to like lots of posts.
My mind is cluttered with all that I read.
My eyes roll and throw daggers at each boast.
Social Media is a good way to know:
About those ideas that are worth spreading,
When babies I know have started to grow,
About memes that are currently trending,
When people I’m fond of are doing well ,
And with which of them I can be myself.
Day 15: Describe the nicest meal you’ve ever had (fiction/non-fiction)
Oh, one that is simple enough- to write every day for nearly a third of the year.
Ha ha, I hear you laugh, this isn’t difficult for you. You love writing, you say to me.
Indeed, I do. But loving it and doing it consistently are two different things. At least, they were. Till now.
From tomorrow (my last instance of procrastination), I am going to write and publish 100 words a day for 100 days.
That’s an expected total of 10000 words in a little over three months. It could be more, but may not be less.
I’ve put together a set of prompts, 98 of which I will pick out of a box at random. The other two are for fixed days: tomorrow’s and the final day (sometime in June). The topics are varied, and reflect the facets of my personality (cos, y’know, I’m rounded with facets). There will be prose and poetry, fiction and non-fiction, opinion pieces (the subjective) and purely fact-based work (the objective).
If anyone out there wants to join me and challenge her/himself, please do! Here’s what I plan to do:
1. Write, edit and finally end up with at least 100 words on the day’s topic/prompt.
3. Give myself at least 24 hours to work on each piece.
4. Repeat x 100
Who knows? I just might produce some exquisite literature or a most thought-provoking article.
For inspiration Inception-style, I’d like to credit the good folk at NaNoWriMo (the idea of a set time in which to write a set number of words) and Heidi, one of the organizers of the Dubai Writers’ Club (her prompts at Write-Ins inspired me to come up with some of my own)
Prompt for Day 1 of 100words100days: Write a story for a friend
I chose it because tomorrow just happens to be the birthday of one of my best friends. Let’s hope she likes whatever I come up with.