Writing Challenge

An Essay By Sarah // 11/14/2008

I plop down in front of my computer; placing my hands on the computer and type for several minutes, the silence broken solely by the tapping of my keys.
Resting my chin on my hand, I scroll down the page, reading what I have written. Muttering to myself, I delete several lines and try to mash these jumbled letters and words into sentence fragments, then sentences, then finally something worth showing. At last I decide it is good enough and start to leave, I hover between leaving and staying, finally raising the mouse and in one, hard stroke deleting everything I had just done.
My eyes grow wide, what have I done? I frantically scramble for the clipboard, sighing with relief when I see my almost-lost labor is still there. I carefully paste it back into the document, setting it aside for a time while I fill another page with my ramblings. Again, I delete lines, sentences, whole paragraphs; today it is difficult for me to express my feelings with keyboard and computer in a form that is understandable even by the moderately-insane. I lean back in my chair to recharge, hoping to get a brilliant brainstorm, letting the creative juices flow while hoping they won’t merely ferment. My eyes open, Eureka! The perfect notion has occurred to me and for what seems eons there is nothing but the glare of the monitor lights bouncing off the keyboard into my eyes while my hands type at a relentlessly fast speed, the only obstruction to my genius is my misspellings of several crucial words which, painstakingly, I comb through and retype, this time correctly. Or so I hope. ABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXYZ. I type the alphabet for no reason at all, then for again, no good reason; leave it in the middle of my half-finished work. I scroll down once more, reading critically, occasionally changing the wording of a sentence, mostly pleased with what I have just done. I stretch and look at the clock. Can that be correct? For before my startled eyes, the clock smugly pronounces I have been laboring for a mere twenty minutes. Wrinkling my nose I turn back to the key board and type as fast as I can, wanting to at least find a good ending. I try several with as much care as if it were an evening gown I was selecting to wear on a first date. I discard most, toy with a few others, decide on one, type it; then displeased with the effect is has, delete it. I type one last ending, my jaw drops and a tear fills my eyes as I realize my half-hour-long struggle is perfect. My infant has teethed, become diaper trained, went through adolescence and grown up and left the house in the thirty minutes. I sniff once or twice then blow my nose with a wrinkled, already-used-at-least-once Kleenex that I discover hibernating in the deepest recess of my pocket, no doubt dreaming of growing some deadly bacteria in the middle of the night, then climbing out of my dirty-clothes-bin to slaughter me in my sleep. I toss the disgusting item in the trash. “Ha.” I proclaim, “Thou shalt not grow some deadly bacteria in the middle of the night then climb out of my dirty clothes bin and slaughter me in my sleep. So there.” Highly pleased with my victorious speech, I turn my attention back to the computer and resisting my first impulse to lean forward and hug my computer, I post my darling manuscript on apricotpie for all the other crazy homeschoolers like me to enjoy.

Comments

Hillarious!

Very humerous, I must say. It captures some of the frusterations I go through when I try to write something.

James | Fri, 11/14/2008

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"The idea that we should approach science without a philosophy is itself a philosophy... and a bad one, because it is self-refuting." -- Dr. Jason Lisle

I agree

That was very good! Check me out at Hailey Hallow. My poem is called my sister and I. Good Job!

Anonymous | Fri, 11/14/2008

ROFL

So funny!!!!
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"Ever heard of Plato, Aristotle, Socrates?...Morons."
-Vizzini

Clare Marie | Sat, 11/15/2008

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"I don't know half of you half as well as I should like; and I like less than half of you half as well as you deserve." -Bilbo Baggins [The Lord of the Rings]

Haha!

Very creative, Sarah, and you caught the frustrations of writing very well.
Only thirty minutes?!?!? Wow! I usually take an hour or two to write even a couple of pages!
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But he didn't live happily ever after because he was a fairy-tale non-conformist
~Duncan MR

Heather | Sat, 11/15/2008

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And now our hearts will beat in time/You say I am yours and you are mine...
Michelle Tumes, "There Goes My Love"

It usually takes me several

It usually takes me several days to write one...

Ezra | Sat, 11/15/2008

"There are no great men of God. There are only pitiful, sorry men whose God is great beyond measure." - Paul Washer [originally Jonathan Edwards]

Really? When I write I can

Really? When I write I can usually write a couple of pages in an hour.
I'm glad everyone likes it! I just scribbled it down spur-of-the-moment. :)
I often put something random in the middle of a page when I'm trying to think then delete it, I left the alphabet on this one, though. :P
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"You're pirates! Hang the code, and hang the rules! They're more like guidelines anyway"
-Elizabeth Swan//Pirates of the Caribbean//Curse of the Black Pearl

Sarah | Sat, 11/15/2008

"Sometimes even to live is courage."
-Seneca

Blogging away!
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haha.

Exactly. Someone understands. :D
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"Weddings? I love weddings! Drinks all around!" -Jack Sparrow

Anna | Sun, 11/16/2008

I have hated the words and I have loved them, and I hope I have made them right. --The Book Thief

I love understanding. :) >

I love understanding. :)
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"You're pirates! Hang the code, and hang the rules! They're more like guidelines anyway"
-Elizabeth Swan//Pirates of the Caribbean//Curse of the Black Pearl

Sarah | Mon, 11/17/2008

"Sometimes even to live is courage."
-Seneca

Blogging away!
busyscribbler.wordpress.com

I was home alone when I read

I was home alone when I read this, so I felt free to laugh at any time. And I did laugh at any time. This made laugh probably because I've done the same things (althoug I never killed a tissue). Oh the minutes that seem to stretch for an eternity. Sentenced to hard labor in my mind mine. Digging, searching for the anwer to my question. Then, I have find it and I drown in my joy! Rapturous joy! And then, when the idea has been used and all other thoughts have fled from my head, I drown in my depression. It's all the cycle of a striving writter, ahhhhhhh...

Yeah....really good (if you couldn't tell, I like to use periods). Do you do birthday parties?

"My peanut!"-Captain Jack Sparrow

The Brit | Tue, 11/18/2008

:) yes I like birthday

:) yes I like birthday parties. But not as much as I like Welcome Home parties!
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"You're pirates! Hang the code, and hang the rules! They're more like guidelines anyway"
-Elizabeth Swan//Pirates of the Caribbean//Curse of the Black Pearl

Sarah | Wed, 11/19/2008

"Sometimes even to live is courage."
-Seneca

Blogging away!
busyscribbler.wordpress.com

Hey, look! It's a bannana

Hey, look! It's a bannana with sun-glasses! I like puple squid and jelly fish.

Yes, that WAS a moment of insanity. I don't do Welcome Home parties, but I do Going Away parties. I've had a lot of going away parties. In five years three moves. So sad (weeping bitterly).

I'm joyful!

"My peanut!"-Captain Jack Sparrow

The Brit | Thu, 11/20/2008

lol!!

haha that was hilarious! Totally been there, done that. It's so frustrating sometimes. "GRRR why won't this conclusion work?!?!" *bangs on computer*

Anonymous | Mon, 12/22/2008

That's me^^

It logged me out for some mysterious reason...
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Katie
*Merry Christmas!*
It is a truth universally acknowledged that Jane Austen rules!

KatieSara | Mon, 12/22/2008

Katie:-)

"Are all humans like this? So much bigger on the inside?"
-Idris/TARDIS

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