WIRW

Ewww! Another acronym?  Not an educational one, pleeze!

No, it’s just short for “what I really want” which is a writing exercise a girl friend and I re-invented last week.  I send a calendar notice early Wednesday morning to us, saying “Welcome to our six-week WIRW.  Today, write for 10 minutes to the prompt, “What I really want.”  Save your response.

This is week two.  We email or text each other.  K. wrote, “I am so new at our writing.  I don’t have a pattern yet.  I just know that I am surprised that I really like it.”

“I started out with very simple statements and by the end I was doing paragraphs and the last one gave me clarity on an issue that had been bugging me.”

Our plan is to get together after the 6 weeks and share what we discovered.

I do my free write on keyboard, with my phone timer, then save and close the doc, without re-reading it.  Interesting to notice that I really get to the point at about the 9.5 minute mark, then scramble to write that.  But now, just thinking about this little practice, I am growing curious to know what I wrote so far.

This writing exercise came out of a conversation we were having about how, in our point on the great number line of human life, people often start asking themselves, “What do I have to look forward to?”  Not a good question, really.  A better question, especially for someone who has spent a lifetime pleasing others, is to ask, “What do I really want?”

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4 responses to “WIRW”

  1. Great idea! Reflective writing can help provide the clarity we seek in life.

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  2. This is so great, I can’t wait to try it. I used a free website, 750 words, that compiled data about the tone in writing. It was reflective for me, but your idea seems to get to the point. Love it

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  3. Love this idea and the fact that you write and leave it to come back to later.

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  4. I really like this writing prompt idea and plan to give it a try. Thanks for including the specifics of the timer and what helps you write. Thanks for sharing.

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