Freestyle Writing Challenge No 3


The more you do, the easier it gets! To find the inspiration, that is. I really enjoyed this one, although I had so much more I wanted to write. The ten minutes flew by, and I hardly got any of it written down; what is there is a bit random and scattered, but I think you get the jist.

Thanks to the lovely Marjorie Mallon of Kyrosmagica for nominating me to take part in this challenge. Marjorie is a writer of YA, blogger, cat-lover and mom, not necessarily in that order, and you should stop by her blog and say hello, if you haven’t already.

Marjorie’s challenge for me was this: Fear, an adrenalin shot, taken or avoided  – your choice. As I said, I could have, and wanted to write much more, but I ran out of time. As you know, if you have been waiting for my third novel to appear, I am a VERY slow writer. But you can see what I’ve got, warts and all, as per the rules…

I walked up without any problems. Sure, it had been raining heavily for days, and the ground was slippery with the seasons fallen leaves, russet and gold, now ground into the mud by the tread of our boots. But something happened up on the summit, as the sun, huge and glorious, slipped beyond the rim of this world, pulling its golden mantle of light behind it. Strange, how suddenly we can be plunged into such a different world, where the absence of light and warmth can seem so threatening, not just to comfort and confidence, but to survival itself. That’s the primeaval in us, I guess.

So it was that darkness of night wove itself subtly about me. Standing there alone on the top of that hill, I was assailed with fear, of the unknown, of what I suspected may lurk out there, at home in this shadowy domain which felt so hostile to me, and of my own ability to survive the ordeal and find my way down into the valley where I belonged.

I could barely see to place one foot before the other. The night deepened, and caution slowed my pace, while terror beat a loud tattoo in my heart and veins, and urged me to pick up speed. I tried to listen for the warning sounds of persuit; what creature would feel inclined to do so I can’t be sure, but at the time it seemed reasonable, indeed probable that I was not wanted, or that my flesh might provide a suitable meal.

I wrote 257 words in ten minutes, well, that’s better than the last one! I’m not going to nominate any one particular person, as this is the third time I’ve participated in this challenge, and almost everyone I know has also already taken part, but if anyone want to have a go, here are the rules, and my challenge for you. You could even have a go and post the results in the comments to this blog, if you like, or leave us a link. Happy writing!

The Free Style Writing Challenge Rules:

1. Set a stop watch or your mobile to 5 minutes or 10 minutes whichever challenge you think you can beat. Open a new Word doc.

2. Your topic is at the foot of this post BUT DO NOT SCROLL DOWN TO SEE IT UNTIL YOU ARE READY WITH A TIMER.

3. Fill the word doc with as many words as you want. Once you began writing do not stop.

4. 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)

5. You may or may not pay attention to punctuation and capitals. However, if you do, it would be best.

6. At the end of your post write down ‘Word count =_____’ so that we would have an idea of how much you can write within the time frame.

7. 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).







Your New Topic: You wake from sleep with a start. You are not in your familiar bed, in your familiar room. Where are you? What do you see?

5 Comments on “Freestyle Writing Challenge No 3

  1. I love it! Your challenge is almost how I wanted my short story to come out. I haven’t written it yet, because I haven’t been able to identify that stupid bird.


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