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The Freestyle Writing Challenge


So here goes – the RULES of this challenge:
1. Open an MS Word document
2. Set a stop watch or your mobile to 5 minutes or 10 minutes whichever challenge you think you can beat.
3. You topic is at the foot of this post BUT DO NOT SCROLL DOWN TO SEE IT UNTIL YOU ARE READY WITH A TIMER.
4. Fill the word doc with as much words as you want. Once you begin writing do not stop.
5. Do not cheat by going back and correcting spellings and grammar with spell check in MS WORD (it is only meant for you to reflect on your own control of sensible thought flow and for you to reflect on your ability to write the right spelling and stick to grammar rules)
6. You may or may not pay attention to punctuation and capitals. However if you do, it would be best.
7. At the end of your post, write down ‘No. Of words =_____’ so that we would have an idea of how much you can write within the time-frame.
8. Do not forget to copy paste the entire passage on your blog post with a new Topic for your nominees and copy paste these rules with your nominations (at least 5 bloggers).

My topic – Blood
I wandered along the corridor, looking forward to spending time with my new best friend – and realised it had been too long since I’d had a chance to sit and relax with another woman just… talking about things. And laughing. When had been the last time I’d laughed?

Which was when I became aware that something wasn’t quite right. As I rounded the corner, the lights didn’t automatically come on. And my knife – the one I keep in my sleeve – was now released and pressing against my wrist, in readiness for whatever. Maybe that was when I caught the first whiff of that thick, coppery smell. Unmistakeable. I don’t remember hitting the door override button. I don’t recall pressing the Alarm. But I’ll always remember seeing her lying in a crumpled heap. Floating in a scarlet pool. I didn’t bother rushing over and checking for a pulse. No one could have survived that slash at her throat. Though judging by her wide-stretched eyes, it wasn’t an easy death.

I felt sick. I felt sad. And angry. And yet… which shows just how twisted I’d become by all that had gone before – excited. Until I’d caught the scent of her blood and the adrenaline kicked in, I hadn’t been aware of just how truly bored I’d been. How disgusting is that? A monster – that’s what I am…

Which was when the security officer burst through the door, yelling at me to put my hands up and babbling some nonsense about
249 words

Many thanks to BibliomanicEzza for nominating me for this Challenge. As I’m still firmly in Editland, it was fun to actually write something other than book reviews or course notes – and when I started and saw the topic, I knew I was meant to do this. The next book in the Jezel Campo novels I’m currently working on, will be a murder mystery set on a space liner and put her on the path to becoming a PI, starting a series of crime novels featuring her as the main protagonist. And the first one? Bloodless, where a woman she befriends while having a go at gee-free dancing, is brutally murdered and she’s first on the scene. I’m not all that happy at what I’ve written – it’s very rough and there isn’t nearly sufficient description or mood music in there. But I obeyed the rules and didn’t add anything or clean it up!

I’m following Bibliomanic-Ezza’s sensible lead and keeping my nominations to three people, however if you want to have a go, even if I haven’t put you on the spot – why not go for it?
Sara Letourneau
Joanna “Melfka” Maciejewska
Drew @ TheTattooedBookGeek


Your topic – Stars

Freestyle Writing Challenge courtesy of Charles French


Many thanks to Charles for nominating me to have a go at this freestyle challenge on my blog. How could I refuse, given that with my Creative Writing tutor hat on, I regularly dish these babies out to my students?
The rules are:-
1. Open a blank Document
2. Set a stop watch or mobile phone timer to 5 or 10 minutes
3. Your topic is at the foot of this post – DO NOT SCROLL DOWN TO SEE IT UNTIL YOU ARE READY WITH YOUR TIMER!
4. Once you start writing do not stop until the alarm sounds!
5. Do not cheat by going back and correcting spelling and grammar using spell check (it is only meant for you to reflect on your own control of sensible thought flow and for you to reflect on your ability to write with correct spelling and grammar.)
6. You may or may not pay attention to punctuation or capitals
7. At the end of your post write down ‘No. of words = ____” to give an idea of how much you can write within the time frame
8. Copy and paste the entire passage on your blog post with a new topic for your nominees and copy/paste these rules along with your nomination (at least 5 bloggers)

The writing prompt Charles set was:
If you could travel to any place in the world at another historical era, where would it be?

Oh it would have to be London in the Elizabethean era – the first one, that is. I would LOVE to wander the streets theglobewhere Shakespeare, Francis Drake and Elizabeth herself swished by… Though I would want to be someone with a bit of cash – I’m under no illusions that it would be a thoroughly grim place if you’re bottom of the heap socially and financially. No benefits back in those days – not with Henry VIII having dissolved the monasteries.
But the crackling sense of that society coming into its own, with the flowering of literature, alongside the uncertainty and terrible fear of invasion which somehow SHARPENED things – shook the upper echelons up and had people striving harder than ever with the belief they’d prevail. And often they did… Even characters like poor, doomed Sir Walter Raleigh.

I’d also like to be a man in this world. Or at least disguised as one. Women – even virgin queens – were definitely tolerated rather than treated with equality, although the worst of the women-hating, witch-burning oppression was yet to come with that horrible little man, James I, Elizabeth’s nasty nephew who succeeded her… But, yes, Shakespeare’s London – that’s where I’d want to visit. And breathe in the air, taste the food and catch a vibe of the generation and time that created the greatest genius who ever put pen to paper.
And then the question arises – which year would be best? Hm. That’s something of a poser. Would I find the early days of Shakespeare’s plays, when he was penning the likes of ‘Romeo and Juliet’, or would it be preferable to sit through a performance of ‘King Lear?’
275 words in 10 minutes

It was fun to do. I write a lot, but generally not against the clock, which did slightly produce brainfade, but it was definitely an interesting experience and I PROMISE that the content I’ve published is as it left my fingers in all its unedited glory.

I nominate the following to have a go at my challenge:-
Michael D. Griffiths
Mhairi Simpson
Sara Letourneau
Sophie E. Tallis
Joanne Hall

I’ll fully understand if you decide you’re too stacked out with other stuff, right now. But, hey, there’s no time limit on this one, and you may find it fun to do later in the year. In the event you do want to have a go, please scroll down only when you’re completely ready to accept the challenge… While I’ve specifically challenged certain folks, if you’re visiting and the idea has caught your eye, please do take part – and let me know. I’d LOVE to know what you’ve done with the starting line:). Good luck!
If you could travel at warp speed to any part of the solar system, other than Earth, where would you want to go and why?