Writing 101, Day Nineteen: Don’t Stop the Rockin’

Writing 101, Day Nineteen: Don’t Stop the Rockin’

Day Nineteen: Don’t Stop the Rockin’

Today is a free writing day. Write at least four-hundred words, and once you start typing, don’t stop. No self-editing, no trash-talking, and no second guessing: just go. Bonus points if you tackle an idea you’ve been playing with but think is too silly to post about.

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Robert Redhair has lots of flair and lots of flaming hair. He also has the bad temper that comes with his colouring. He can just snap like badly forged steel, flying off into a rage like someone broken inside.

His tempests didn’t often get him into trouble. In his youth he used to get into fights but he was wiser now. He still doesn’t realise that behind his back people stay upset with him long after he has forgotten about shouting and swearing at them. They feel like taking revenge. They curse him behind his back. A few hot minutes can lead to years of hurt. Maybe one day Robert will realise this. this thing is, he knows inside but that doesn’t mean he can act reasonably all the time. He doesn’t know why his feelings overcome him, over come his self-control and take over the show. All he knows is sometimes he shouts and swears and he feels better when it’s over.

There is a line of reasoning that would make you think that if you feel better after a good rant, it must be a good thing. That’s called catharsis. But what if you feel better simply compared to the shouting, but not better than you did before the shouting and long term it’s worse. The most direct part being anyone that hears your shouting is probably going to think you’re a bad person. Also, shouting about your feelings isn’t going to help you control them and understand them next time, more likely you will want to shout some more, maybe at someone that doesn’t deserve it.

Some would suggest that it’s better to remain calm. Notice your angry feelings without having to act on them. Understand why you feel angry and why acting it out would not make things better. Acting angry normally makes things worse. If you shout at someone are they going to like you for it or never want to speak to you again? Instead if you manage to stay calm or at least reasonable while containing your inner turmoil you might be admired for your cool head in a crisis. People might look up to you as an example of serenity in the face of adversity, and strength of character.

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