Beach Towel Inspiration or the Free Fun of Free-Writing

I’m sharing towel1a slice of a free-write done last week because I love the way free-writing allows me to make new connections. Often, I choose to write heavy to live lighter because secrets burden the body and writing them down gets them out.

However, sometimes writing is simple, basic and playful. That too I appreciate.

When the pen is just going across the paper and there’s little time to worry, “Will this make sense or will anyone get what I mean?” the words just come and follow their own direction.

Last week I wrote about beach towels.

Here is a short snippet, without editing, to stay true to free-writing form and how it can be a little different than I’m trying very hard voice.

Sometimes it’s just fun.

Towel Free-Write


Doubt, I used to think served me, like criticism and judgment. I tried to inhabit the mindset of any critic or detractor.

I was cynical, smart-mouthed and short.

I felt like a knife that knew it could cut with words and it wasn’t a weapon I used but one I sharpened.

I do not want sharp edges at midlife.

The silliness of joy, now, to me – is beauty, youth, vitality.

I am after the soft glow of ease and relaxed even if it means some of my edginess is done.

I want to be a towel spread out on a beach: used, useful colorful warming, drying -a soft base.

Not so rigid the warmth can’t be felt.



*I might rework it, add in how it shakes off the sand or other irritants, hangs out on a banister to dry in the sun and folds up neatly and easily to travel in a bag. Or not. Now, when I am doing laundry, like I was this morning, and folding up a beach towel, I smile. That’s enough.

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  1. Made me smile too. Also, made me think. What kind of beach towel do I want to be? I want to be one of those vibrant, colors popping with orange, yellow, aqua beach towels that make you happy just to look at them. I want to be 100% Egyptian cotton that will hold its shape and color when other flimsy towels are thread bare. I want to be oversized and generous ~ more than enough to wrap around you several times. I want to be the one you reach for first, even if you have a shelf full of options…..I will never look at beach towels the same again.

    • Cissy White says:

      Aww. Thank you. I love the idea of being solid when the others are all thread bare and of being the first go-to every time. I’m so glad it made you smile too! Writing can be so fun! And you are plenty vibrant!

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