Freestyle Writing Challenge

I was tagged by the fabulous Jane Dougherty to take part in a writing challenge. I’m always up for a challenge, and I thought this one looked like fun.

This is what you have to do…

  1. Open an MS Word Document
  2. Set a stop watch or your mobile phone timer to 5 or 10 minutes, whichever challenge you think you can beat
  3. Your topic is at the foot of this post BUT DO NOT SCROLL DOWN TO SEE IT UNTIL YOU ARE READY WITH YOUR TIMER!!!
  4. Fill the word doc with as much words as you want. Once you start writing do not stop.
  5. Do not cheat by going back and correcting spelling and grammar using spell check (its 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 or 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 nomination (at least five (5) bloggers)

My challenge was: You’ve inherited a small fortune. You can move to any part of the world you would like to go. Where would you go?

I set my phone’s timer to 10 minutes, and here’s what I came up with, typos and all.

I always imagined myself living somewhere hot and sunny, where it rarely rained, and the flowers were vibrant against a deep blue sky. I always imagined writing at my laptop, the cool morning breeze blowing in off the sea, beside an azure pool, my own pool. On my desk would be a strong cappuccino.

I would hear goat bells tinkling in the distance as they climbed the sloped of mountains behind me. Closer, chickens would scratch in the dry earth, the sounds of simple rural life going on around me, much as it has always done.

Not too far away, there would be archaeological remains to visit, with stories of mythological heroes, battles, Gods and lovers… it sounds much like a Greek island. You certainly can’t get more idyllic than that.

But that was then. And now I imagine green rain-washed hills, craggy shores with stormy grey seas, and cooler climes. I hear the lowing of cattle, and the call of crows, and the ring of a church bell. Wind blows through trees, sometimes wild, sometimes gentle, bringing with it the whisper of voices from a far distant past. Water glistens wherever I look, but it’s finite, pools with boundaries opening doorways to another world.

If I could live anywhere in the world, its exactly where I am now, and there’s nowhere I’d rather be.

225 words in 10 minutes and 7 seconds… yeah, I went slightly over, I’m afraid. I just wanted to finish my sentence.

I would like to tag the following people to take part in this challenge, and I hope that you do join in, but please don’t feel pressured, if its not your thing. It’s just a bit of fun!

Craig Boyack (you just knew I would, didn’t you?)

Rachel Carerra

Sally Cronin

Toni Betzner

Cybele Moon aka The Dune Mouse

And your challenge is… Please don’t scroll down to find out what it is until you’re ready to start! Thanks!






If you could go back in time to any period in history, when would it be, and why?

27 Comments on “Freestyle Writing Challenge

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  3. Very good, under pressure or not Ali. In fact I think that much of a writer’s best work comes under time pressure when you can’t allow conscious thought processes to slow you down. You can always fix stuff later.

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    • Thanks Roy! It was fun to do! Sue Vincent also nominated me, so I will take up her challenge too, maybe tomorrow…


  4. Lovely writing Ali, and I really enjoyed how you ended the piece. It’s funny how you spend life wanting to be somewhere, then find out you’re where you needed to be all along 🙂 That ten minutes whizzes by, doesn’t it?

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    • Thank you Mae! I guess it was an easy topic for me! I actually wrote more about my imaginary Greek island than about Ireland, then had to cram it all in in a rush at the end lol!


    • Love it Sally! What a sharply focussed picture of the 20’s you evoked… the hardship and the pleasures. A great piece of writing! Your grandmother must have been a strong woman, not that she had much choice.

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    • Ah… thank you Mark! You are very kind. Isnt it amazing though to spend so much of your time thinking you want something, only to find in the end that what truly makes you happy is what you already have!


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