Writing Sprint Wednesdays & link up

It’s time to practice our craft with a Writing Exercise. As always the Writing Sprint prompt appears at the end of this post and offers an opportunity for you to freewrite for 15 to 45 minutes without the so-called help of your inner critic. No overthinking. No stopping. No editing. No worries. Daily writing exercises help writers grow, improve and free their writing. The only rule is that you must leave a comment for at least one other writer who’s included their link. That’s it. Other than, free yourself from your doubts, your fears and your inner critic and have some writing fun with us!

{oh, and a quick p.s. If you’re joining the link up, please grab the Writing Sprint logo below and include it on your blog post, along with a link back to this page. Thanks!}

laptopWriting Sprint Prompt: Brainwashed for the Cause

{Before I get started, I will say that in order to keep my writing within the 15 to 45 minute time, I have created a playlist on Spotify that allows me to put together songs that come close to 45 minutes. When the final note plays on the last song…I stop writing}


A Thirst for Research

“Staff meeting in fifteen minutes,” a female mechanical voice announced over the company speaker system. “Staff meeting in fifteen minutes.”

Oscar sighed and paused in his work, his mind once again wandering through possible exit scenarios. None of them were convincing enough for him to leave Crystal Communications, not with the way things were moving lately. He looked at the clock and willed it to stop so that he could put off the announcement at the staff meeting that Crystal Communications had finally mastered the breakthrough they’d been working on exclusively for the last 14 month.

On its face the Reverse Communication Capability System (RCCS) seemed innocuous enough, but Oscar had been the lead engineer at the system’s inception. He knew what its capabilities included and he’d become too well-versed in the development of the different components of the system to leave without question now.

“Staff meeting in ten minutes,” the female voice said.

Oscar glanced at his computer screen. The slide presentation was ready to go and he knew that the staff, some 250 employees, would be duly impressed with all of the technical jargon and sales predictions. This would mean major salary increases across the board and bonuses for the sales department on top of that.

“You ready?” Lou dropped into the chair across from Oscar and propped his feet on Oscar’s desk. “Big day for Crystal Communications,” Lou intoned in his best female mechanical voice.

“Final touches on the slides,” Oscar said.

“Such a company man,” Lou said.

At one point Oscar thought maybe Lou was one of the few independent thinkers left at Crystal, but he was no longer certain. It had taken him several months of painstaking research about a year ago, just a month or so after he started with Crystal Communications to figure out that there was something strange going on at the company and that it had something to do with the coffee and company lunches. He likened the employees to Stepford wives to his wife, Julia, a few days after starting work.

“There’s a strange uniformity,” he’d told her.

“In what way?” she’d asked.

“Thought process, mostly,” he’d explained. They sat there on the couch sharing a bottle of red wine and contemplating the possibilities. “Maybe I’m seeing things that aren’t there. I’ve been working almost around the clock.”

She’d looked at him and slowly shook her head. “That’s not like you. You trust your gut and do the research.”

“Staff meeting in five minutes.” The soft robotic voice drew Oscar back to his office and the impending presentation.

“Coffee cart time,” Lou declared. “Grab you something?”

“I’m good,” Oscar said and raised a thermos he’d brewed at home that morning. “Want some of this?”

Lou hesitated a moment, the bell of the coffee cart ringing faintly farther down the hall, approaching. “Yeah, you know what, I think I will.”

Oscar poured Lou a cup of his home brew and the two sat silently for a moment. Lou looked around and then got up and closed the door to Oscar’s office.

“I’ve got a bad feeling about this meeting,” Lou said. Oscar noticed that Lou’s eyes seemed a little brighter than when he’d first sat down in the chair opposite him.

“Go on,” Oscar said. Although he knew the antidote he’d developed was powerful and took affect quickly, he needed to be sure.

Lou shook his head. “I’m not sure, but something’s just not right.” He took another drink of coffee. “I probably sound paranoid,” Lou said and laughed.

“I’m one to trust my gut and then do the research,” Oscar said.

“Research isn’t my thing,” Lou replied.

The two stared at each other across the desk.

After a few moments, Oscar said, “I might be able to help.”

“This coffee’s making me thirsty,” Lou said.

“I might be able to help with that, too,” Oscar told him.


This Week’s Writing Sprint: Brainwashed for the Cause

Think about a job you really enjoyed at a specific company. Write the beginning of a story about how that company is trying to brainwash and manipulate it’s employers. The goal of the company may be unknown but is sinister.

Give us what you’ve got with as much detail and dialog as you can muster in 15 to 45 minutes. Most of all, have fun. Free your writer from your inner critic. When you’re done, come back and link up what you’ve got! And remember to give some encouragement to at least one other person in the link up community. You can post to the link up party until next Tuesday night. Hope to read you there!


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