Writing Challenge: HUMANITY


I thought this was an interesting writing exercise/challenge; this is my take on Devika’s topic – humanity. Here it goes…

Humanity- what a beautiful word.
A word that seems to have taken all the beauty and facets of unruly life gifted upon us.
Us who are inhabiting the earth the way history taught us to. And the way the norms dictate us to.
To be, wear, and speak only this and that. As if we were programmed to do each task at hand with a pre-set manual and timer.
Timer that ticks and defines our business, chores, social interactions and perhaps even the way we breathe.
Breathe the air that used to be free if it wasn’t because of toxic gas emitting factories that occupy the land where flora and fauna use to be.
Used to be chaste, and free of judgments.
Judgments that now became a part of our every day lives that spit out of our mouth recklessly.
Recklessly hurting people we care about, people we love, and even people we don’t know.
Know about what? What do we even know to begin with? Humanity? I just hope it doesn’t become only a piece of senseless word we would proudly present when the time comes.
Comes to deliver us to our supposed “place”.
A place, I hope, where we could be given at least another, one last, chance to redefine who and what we really are. Not for the sake of pride or reputation, but because it’s what we naturally are made of.

Time: 7 mins. / Word count: 235

I honestly don’t know what I came up with and how I should categorize this; perhaps a free verse poetry of some sort? Anyway, as I was writing this instinctively, I learned that the purest, most seamless and transparent intentions, ideas and opinions can sometimes come out through spontaneity.

And now these are the rules, or should I say directions to this clever challenge (copy-paste style):
1) Open an MS Word document (or any other editor)
2) Set a stop watch or your mobile of 5-10 minutes.
3) Your topic is at the foot of this post, DO NOT SCROLL DOWN TO SEE IT UNTIL YOU ARE READY WITH A TIMER.
4) Fill the word document with as much words as you want. Once you began writing do not stop.
5) Do not cheat by going back and correcting spellings and grammar with spell check (it is only meant for you to reflect on your control on sensible thought flow)
6) You may or may not pay attention to punctuation and capitals.
7) At the end of your post write down the number of words
8) Do not forget to copy paste the entire passage on your blog post with a new topic.

I wouldn’t nominate anyone in particular, so YOU, whoever is reading this right now, are encouraged to participate and write your own piece and add your link to comments section and I will happily reblog and share it 🙂

Your topic would be GHOSTS.

Best of luck!

Danica Aquino


Author: Danica Aquino

Tied the knot with performing arts since fourth grade; is an amateur writer (currently on her quest to writing her first novel); book and animal lover; always entranced by nature.

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