Free style writing challenge

I’ve been tagged from WordEssence blog (which you should visit) to participate in a writing challenge. I’ve just done it and have produced a terribly boring piece, probably because it’s truthful. I should have made up something really wacko.

These are the rules

  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 topic was: That ONE thing you wish you could have done differently.

It’s very difficult to choose one thing I would have done differently since there are several major decisions that, if I had made a different choice, would have completely altered my life. I could have decided on a different university and a course with more professional openings at the end of it, in which case I would never have met my future husband (which would be a shame). I could have not taken future husband’s advice about getting a job which would involve access to unlimited supplies of wine. I could have got a serious job instead; but then I would never have been sent to work in Paris and wouldn’t be here now. Perhaps if I could do one thing again it would be to knuckle down to serious writing as soon as child three was born and I was able to, HAD to give up work.

148 words in 7 minutes 13 seconds.

I am going to pick on

And I’m asking them to write about…Don’t scroll down to find out until you’re ready to go






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


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Jane Dougherty

I used to do lots of things I didn't much enjoy. Now I am officially a writer. It's what I always wanted to be.

7 thoughts on “Free style writing challenge”

  1. Okay, Jane, done! I wrote this last night but decided to add all the links this morning. That was definitely a challenge. I couldn’t finish my concluding paragraph – probably because my mind was so boggled by the timer nearing its end. I still say it was a worthwhile experience.

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