Writing 101 Day 3: caveat lector means “let the reader beware”

Today’s Prompt: Write about the three most important songs in your life — what do they mean to you?

Nailing Brahms’ Hungarian Dance Number 5 on your alto sax. Making perfect pulled pork tacos. Drawing what you see. Or, writing a novel. Each requires that you make practice a habit.

Today, try free writing. To begin, empty your mind onto the page. Don’t censor yourself; don’t think. Just let go. Let the emotions or memories connected to your three songs carry you.

Today’s twist: You’ll commit to a writing practice. The frequency and the amount of time you choose to spend today — and moving forward — are up to you, but we recommend a minimum of fifteen uninterrupted minutes per day.

  • Keep your hand moving. (Don’t pause to reread the line you’ve just written. That’s stalling and trying to get control of what you’re saying.)
  • Don’t cross out. (That is editing as you write. Even if you write something you didn’t mean to write, leave it.)
  • Don’t worry about spelling, punctuation, grammar. (Don’t even care about staying within the margins and lines on the page.)
  • Lose control.
  • Don’t think. Don’t get logical.
  • Go for the jugular. (If something comes up in your writing that is scary or naked, dive right into it. It probably has lots of energy.)


My three songs are Prince Charming by Adam and the Ants, I against I by Mos def and The Prayer Bloc Party. These are the songs I play when  I am trying to play the beast inside, Thats what I put on my headphones when I want to feel stronger, more confident. More me.

Prince Charming is silly, whimsical to the ear. A product of the eighties, sugar puff pop. But the beat is hypnotic, unforgettable and the words are nuirsery rhyme simple and direct and far more positive than most people understand.

“Prince Charming, Prince Charming. Pretty Cool the’re nothing to be scared of”

I dare you all look it up on YouTube, sing along and doi the dance before a date or a presentation and tell me you dopn’t feel better, giddy even. And then we have my next song The Prayer

“God give me strength and dancing wings and the power to impress”

“Tonight make me unstoppable, and I will dance, I will turmn I will dazzle them with my wit.”

#OnRepeat is one of my tags I use on my posts. I will literally listen to the same song for hours on end so I can hold onto the feelings I feel when I hear them. feel power, confidence, flow well up inside me. Control my soul with music. Hypmnotise myself with music. Like Joe 90 preparing for his next mission (10 points Gryffindor if you get that reference)

*i AGAINST I” is my war song. When I ride out, OK step out that the song i can hear over the blood thundering in my hears. Thats my thunder of a cavalry charge. Thats my statement of intent, Not gangster, not hardcore, but still masculine, majestic, agrressive, like a boxer padding to the ring like a predator cat  about to charge and strike





17 thoughts on “Writing 101 Day 3: caveat lector means “let the reader beware”

  1. Like Joe 90 preparing for his next mission… Grrr I feel like I should’ve known this! Lol! Down 10 points already! Love love love Mos Def & can’t wait to check out the other two.

    Love your blog layout. Dopeness!

    I can totally relate to songs on repeat for hours. Especially when I need a song to get me through…

    Nice to meet you!


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