1A – 5PM

(Tonight’s meeting will be from 5-6:15pm. We will address the below prompts at our own pace. Have fun! Don’t think too much!)

1 -Intro….  How are you?  What are you thinking as the year comes to its close?  What do you see for yourself for 2021?  Any stories of happiness or humor….?

2 -Freewriting…. Okay, but free from what?  OURSELVES.

3 -Thinking is often the obstruction, the block that so many talk about.  “I have writer’s block.” Bullshit, you have YOU.  Go outside you, even if writing about your life.

4 -This pandemic and all the isolation, all the sequestering and quarantining, I would hope would show you that not much is needed to write.  And if not, look again.

5 -Writing is a choice for some, and not for others.  For some, it’s just what needs to be done.

6 -Have you ever tried something and have it turn into something else, something amazing that you didn’t expect?

7 – Your stories.  You have stories.  Don’t try to tell us you don’t.  Additionally, don’t say your life or your stories are boring.  That’s for readers to decide, not you.

8 – Tom Foreman, ‘Running Dangerously’….  What do you expect?  Should you expect anything?  What have you heard?

9 – Do you run?  Do you exercise?  How do you manager your time?  This book is about running, but only partially.  Much of it is about life and what we choose to do with our time here.

10 – Close.  What’s on tonight’s page….  What are you going to do over the next 48 hours, till our next session?

ASSIGNMENT:  Get Mr. Foreman’s book please, if you haven’t already.

ASSIGNMENT:  Write about you, something from your life, and prepare an excerpt to share next class.

ASSIGNMENT:  Email me a letter, no set length, on what you’re going to do to get the grade you want in this course.

ENJOY YOUR WRITING.

178 Comments Add yours

  1. Abie Prieto says:

    2. Free writing to me is just writing on the paper with no limits and just writing no matter the length of the paper or if I have bad grammar

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  2. Abie Prieto says:

    3. When I get writer block I just like to read my last paragraph and I usually get an idea on what to write or I just walk around my house and that helps too

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  3. Abie Prieto says:

    4. Its not hard to write but it is hard to put your ideas on a paper to make it make some sense

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  4. Abie Prieto says:

    5. I can agree to that

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  5. mikemadigan says:

    Are you a writer? Why…

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    1. Ivan Villena says:

      no, I don’t think don’t have that ability to engage people with my writing. therefore i’d say i don’t have writing skills.

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      1. mikemadigan says:

        Try changing that perspective.

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  6. Shantel Shaw says:

    Because of the time I spend on my electronics for virtual school I have made myself a goal to have 90 minuets of electronic time after all of my school is done. Which it isn’t always 90 minuets esspecialy these rainy days, but it is pretty close. Instead of time on my devices I am outside working, at my job, or doing indoor chores.

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  7. mikemadigan says:

    My kids are in a heated skirmish behind me… Be back… Hope I don’t get scathed..

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    1. adrianv7272 says:

      wear armor

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  8. finn ransome says:

    I can say that everyone is a writer. In the sense that yes if you can write, then you are a writer, you experiences are yours and are different than everyone elses, that means that everyone is independant and unique and what begs the importance that all people become some sorts of writer to capture all these different perspectives or ideas.

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  9. adrianv7272 says:

    I miss going out but I’ve been longboarding more with my gf and freewriting to me is weightless, as in my hand just flows. Sometimes I talk of my day or my struggles, reminds me alot of journaling, which I’ve had the pleasure to do more of in this class.

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  10. jakesilva753 says:

    I feel like the upcoming book is going to be like that once scene in forest gump where he just keeps on running and running and people ask him why and he doesn’t have a straightforward answer. I think we’ll be taken on a spiritual run with the author about his life.

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  11. Shantel Shaw says:

    I am a writer I write in all of my classes except for math.I write for fun as well. Writing is an important skill to know. I don’t really know why I am a writer. I guess I am a writer because I have been educated to write for the past 12 years and I am fortunate that I know how to write because some people sadly don’t know how to.

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    1. mikemadigan says:

      Cheers to you, Shantel. Love this strong, non-whiny attitude. You don’t need to know the what, you just need to see the WHAT.

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      1. Shantel Shaw says:

        thank you!

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  12. mikemadigan says:

    How do you manage your time, or do you? And if not manage it, how are you aware of your time and what you do with it?

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    1. niannavalle says:

      It depends what I am managing it for, but lately I have been focusing on spending time doing productive or educational things. If It doesn’t bring me joy or isn’t necessary for school/life than I don’t need to do it

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    2. adrianv7272 says:

      I try my best but I have so much going on I tend to forget about somethings. I’ve been trying to keep a planner which helps and set reminders on my phone.

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  13. LOL yes and someone will like it hopefully

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  14. mikemadigan says:

    Anyone get up early to run?

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    1. Shantel Shaw says:

      No, but I do get up early to feed animals.

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      1. mikemadigan says:

        I know!!!! Lots of props to you!!!

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      2. niannavalle says:

        at kind of animals

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    2. niannavalle says:

      Heck no. I am not a morning person at all lol. And I’ve always been firm that I will run during my sport but not as my sport

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      1. mikemadigan says:

        Yeah, it’s tough.

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      2. Shantel Shaw says:

        haha! I am not a runner myself. I am the golfing type!!

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      3. mikemadigan says:

        Wish I could play golf. How long have you been playing?

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      4. Shantel Shaw says:

        I’ve been playing golf since freshman year of high school. I knew nothing about it and I took a chance to learn it and I love it. I highly recommend learning golf it is very relaxing and a great way to have a good time with friends.

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      5. niannavalle says:

        Im a swimmer more than a runner too. We have a weight vest we use in the pool. Its really nice and makes it a mor4e intense workout. Deep end leg workouts for days

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  15. I run when it’s hot. But I just got a 35lb vest and I can’t wait to use it!

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    1. mikemadigan says:

      Dude that’s savage.. where’d you get it?

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  16. finn ransome says:

    I can say that I do manage my time sometimes. Some weeks I will make a whole schedule with my school hours, work hours, and all other activities written down for overview of my weeks. This helps me keep everything organized and goal based, though it can get overwhelming and mundane especially when looking at a screen for hours on end(which I have a very hard time doing). So there leads to my other choice in the matter which is to just wing it. Where I just have activities or responsibilities in my head. This helps me to relax and have a more flexible and enjoyable days, though it can get hard to manage my time like this because things fall through the cracks. So now I have a little bit of both and try to do a little improvising, as well as structured and organized.

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    1. mikemadigan says:

      It’s tough… time is always moving so it’s hard to sequester it.

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    2. sorry im late with this response but I got the vest online through a brand called Heria or something like that

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  17. Débora Vitaliano says:

    I love running, but now after my ACL surgery I have to take it easy until I am fully recover. I used to run 6 to 8 miles a day. It was amazing. Actually this is one of my goals for 2021. Be even better then I used to be

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    1. adrianv7272 says:

      Hope your recovery goes well

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  18. Gianina Mencarini says:

    I try to have a schedule in my mind and make sure I keep enough time just incase something comes up. That doesn’t always happens the way I want it to go and that makes me really upset sometimes.
    I don’t get up to run early. I play soccer but I hate running. Ironic, I know.

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    1. niannavalle says:

      glad to hear you’re still at it and passionate. I played soccer with you and your sister when we were kids

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      1. mikemadigan says:

        That’s awesome!!!

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      2. Gianina Mencarini says:

        OMG no way!!!!! What team? That’s so crazy!

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      3. niannavalle says:

        I dont remember the name, I’ll have to look for pictures. I just remember both of you, and your brother

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  19. finn ransome says:

    Oh the last time I woke up early to run was for track in High school. Would be up before the sun came up and shiver and freeze for about 20 minutes before that feeling of adrenaline and sweat kicked in. It made me feel like puking almost every time but it felt amazing every time after.

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  20. Débora Vitaliano says:

    I am really disciplined with my time and my schedules. So when things get a little bit out of my schedules I feel a little bit lost and trying to rearrange my schedule until I feel like I will be able to do everything I planned to do on that day.

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  21. Shantel Shaw says:

    With online school I have had a harder time being able to manage my time. I think it has to do with my classes not being so interactive like this class. I just have a harder time focusing especially in math.

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    1. mikemadigan says:

      Believe me, you’re not alone. Really admire your honesty..

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  22. mikemadigan says:

    What are you going to do over the next 48 hours???

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    1. niannavalle says:

      over the next 48 hours I will clean my room, do some hw, work an 8hr closing shift, and hopefully see my friends

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  23. mikemadigan says:

    Let’s close it up y’all…

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  24. mikemadigan says:

    Come on y’all… where you at?

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  25. Shantel Shaw says:

    In the next 48 hours I think I have to run to my brothers high school to pick up his reading book for his English class. Probably write a report and read some of the Tom Foreman book! OH and also spend some me time.

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  26. Débora Vitaliano says:

    over to the next 48h I will have meals with my roommates, maybe watch a movie, go to work tomorrow and Thursday, write about the relief we as human beings feel when we know we are not alone in a situation and what I think about that. I will also make plans for Thanksgiving and try to talk to my family back in Brazil as much as I can because I really miss them

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  27. Gianina Mencarini says:

    For the next 48 hours Ill be doing Homework and going to work. My friend is trying to get a job at the same job so I’m super excited to see how it goes!

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  28. niannavalle says:

    on my page tonight i have build your ideas from curiousity not from obligation, pattern is pollution

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  29. finn ransome says:

    I have a lot of work to do so I am going to get on these letters. Especially the one about myself and come up with as many ideas as I can before next class. Have a good night everyone! nice talking with you all…

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  30. Shantel Shaw says:

    Enjoy the rest of your evening everyone! Talk to you all on Thursday!

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    1. mikemadigan says:

      Thanks for everything, Shantel!!

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  31. mikemadigan says:

    Have a great night, everyone!! Be in love with what’s around you and write with no constriction from yourself or anywhere/anyone else.

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  32. Débora Vitaliano says:

    for my page tonight: take freedom literally in everything in your life, including writing.

    Have a great evening y’all! 🙂

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  33. im going to dedicate these next 48hrs to weight lifting and reading our new book.

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  34. mikemadigan says:

    2021 for me is all about Consolidation. There’s a lot in my life, business-wise and otherwise, that will be cut. Not out of malice, but for the sake of the manuscript. MY story…

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  35. mikemadigan says:

    As the year comes to its fin, I’m not thinking. I’m MOVING, creating… composition does NOT come from excess deliberation or meditation.

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  36. mikemadigan says:

    Some humor for and from me…. my two oldest kids, how they fight and then are colorfully amicable. I can only find that sh/t funny…

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  37. mikemadigan says:

    Freely writing…. that’s what writing should always be. What do you think?

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  38. mikemadigan says:

    Writing is recorded thought, to page.. you think freely so why not write in the same claim?

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  39. mikemadigan says:

    Come on everyone, WAKE UP!!!

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  40. mikemadigan says:

    Freedom… what we ALL want.

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  41. mikemadigan says:

    Freedom from self to gather more SELF…. do some synaptic laps in that…

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  42. mikemadigan says:

    I’m posting in the wrong section… I’m an idiot.

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