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#100WritingDays Roundup 1: Tips on Navigating the Internet Landmine & the Pleasures of Slowing Down

#100WritingDays Week 1 Roundup: A project to increase my writing output without sacrificing on quality, and also to explore Medium. Topics revolve around chronic illness, health and life. | A Chronic Voice

If you missed it, I started a ‘100 Writing Days’ project. The aim is to increase my writing output without sacrificing on quality, and also to explore the Medium platform. This is the first week, and I have five pieces for your perusal! Topics still revolve around chronic illness, but are also more flexible as I share personal thoughts on other aspects of life, too. I hope you enjoy reading them, and any feedback at all would be greatly appreciated. Have a great week ahead!

1. To Write Better, Faster

"There are some of these 100 day writing challenges out there, and I thought I’d start my own. The aim is to write better, faster. To improve the quality of my first draft, as opposed to five or six tries. To tap into the essence of my thoughts faster, instead of meandering in circles before arriving. To write is to think. To write well is to think well. To write well fast, is to think better thoughts faster."

“There are some of these 100 day writing challenges out there, and I thought I’d start my own. The aim is to write better, faster. To improve the quality of my first draft, as opposed to five or six tries. To tap into the essence of my thoughts faster, instead of meandering in circles before arriving. To write is to think. To write well is to think well. To write well fast, is to think better thoughts faster.”

Read it here.

2. Wan Han Wash de Oda

"I was having lunch at Jamaica Blue the other day, when a tagline on their napkin caught my eye. It said, “wan han wash de oda.” I wondered if it was English, then realised it said ‘one hand wash the other’, when I read it in — what I imagine to be — a Jamaican accent."

“I was having lunch at Jamaica Blue the other day, when a tagline on their napkin caught my eye. It said, “wan han wash de oda.” I wondered if it was English, then realised it said ‘one hand wash the other’, when I read it in — what I imagine to be — a Jamaican accent.”

Read it here.

3. The Pleasures of a Wet Day

"I love how time becomes liquid. Everyone slows down by a step or two. They’re more cautious, more mindful of their surroundings. The thoughts running through their minds are of the present moment. “Don’t slip. Watch out for that muddy puddle. Pay attention to the traffic lights. My bag needs more shelter under the umbrella.” It is a mass meditative experience."

“I love how time becomes liquid. Everyone slows down by a step or two. They’re more cautious, more mindful of their surroundings. The thoughts running through their minds are of the present moment. “Don’t slip. Watch out for that muddy puddle. Pay attention to the traffic lights. My bag needs more shelter under the umbrella.” It is a mass meditative experience.”

Read it here.

4. Pain: Keeping Humans, Human

"We are all different, with varying quirks and polar dislikes. But emotion is a humane constant, which allows us to understand another human being from any culture. No matter your language, religion, education level or take on politics, you know what it feels like to be happy, or sad."

“We are all different, with varying quirks and polar dislikes. But emotion is a humane constant, which allows us to understand another human being from any culture. No matter your language, religion, education level or take on politics, you know what it feels like to be happy, or sad.”

Read it here.

5. How to Deal with Hurtful Comments Online

"The internet is the modern version of the wild west. Anyone can take aim and fire at you because they feel like it. Big mouths become bigger, and quiet entities shed their placid masks. Personalities like mine — oversensitive and over analytical — don’t thrive in this acid environment."

“The internet is the modern version of the wild west. Anyone can take aim and fire at you because they feel like it. Big mouths become bigger, and quiet entities shed their placid masks. Personalities like mine — oversensitive and over analytical — don’t thrive in this acid environment.”

Read it here.

6 comments

  • This challenge is such a great idea! I especially love your post about dealing with hurtful comments online. It’s the one thing I’m most scared about going public!

    • Thanks Layla! It’s been challenging to try and write faster and produce more, but still fun! Yes, it’s something I’m afraid of myself 😉 But I suppose the more we get out there, the less it’ll bother us 😉

  • I love this challenge and you have some great posts! Thank you so much for participating in our chronic pain & chronic illness link up party at The Unbroken Smile. Please join us again next week. ((Gentle Hugs))

  • This is a great writing challenge to attempt and you have a beautiful writing style. Your article which explores how pain unites us and creates a level playing field is so true and I also feel that although pain in itself doesn’t make us stronger your mindset and how you choose to adapt to the changes that pain has on your life can.

    • Hi Natalie,

      Big thanks for your support 🙂 I admit to struggling a little with it (and we’re only on week 1 ha!), as I like taking my time to edit. Thank you for your feedback on that piece, and yes adaptation to our circumstances is vital for survival, and our mindset to thrive. Sending good thoughts your way!

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