Last year I tackled the Freestyle Writing Challenge for the first time. It was a fun way of writing about whatever I wanted (within the topic chosen by the blogger who nominated me, of course) and seeing how many words I could type in a short amount of time. Today, I’m *finally* accepting Sarah J. Higbee’s nomination to take on the Challenge again. Thanks, Sarah!
Here are the rules for the Freestyle Writing Challenge:
- Open an new Microsoft Word document.
- Set a stop watch or timer for 5 or 10 minutes, whichever challenge you think you can beat.
- You topic is at the end of this post, but DO NOT SCROLL DOWN TO SEE IT UNTIL YOU ARE READY WITH A TIMER.
- Fill the Word document with as many words as you can. Once you begin writing, do not stop.
- Do not cheat by going back and correcting spellings and grammar with spell check in Word. This Challenge is only meant for you to reflect on your own control of sensible thought flow, not your ability to write the right spelling and stick to grammar rules.
- You may or may not pay attention to punctuation and capitals. However, if you do, it would be best.
- At the end of your post, write down ‘No. of words =_____’ so that readers have an idea of how much you can write within the timeframe.
- Copy and paste the entire passage on your blog post with a new topic for your nominees, and include these rules with your nominations (at least 5 bloggers).
So, Sarah’s topic for her nominees this time was…
“Nana, where did the stars come from?”
The old woman looked at her granddaughter and smiled. They were in her backyard, lying on a woven Navajo blanket and staring at the vast night sky. It had become a tradition of sorts for them; whenever the girl came for extended visits, they would spend the first night camping outside, pretending they had traveled to a jungle, the mountains, someplace far away and exciting and dangerous. Or sometimes they would simply would sit outside the tent and talk about… well, anything. Tonight was one of those nights.
The grandmother tickled the girl’s cheek. “They’ve always been there, child. They were there long before I was born, even before your great-grandmother and other ancestors were born. They’re old, very old. As ancient as the spirits in our people’s stories – and some even more so.”
The girl pouted. She shifted to prop her head against her hand, long lack curls falling over her face – curls that were identical to her grandmother’s, except that the grandmother’s had gone moon-white years ago. “But how did they get there, Nana? Who made them? What are they made of?”
The smile on the old woman’s face grew wider, wise and enigmatic. “Magic.”
No. of Words in 10 Minutes: 206
Not too bad, especially for someone who calls herself a slow writer. 🙂
My Nominees for the Freestyle Writing Challenge
As always, it’s up to the nominees whether they’d like to participate in blog tags or writing challenges. But here are the four I’ve picked this time:
- Faith Rivens
- Rebekah L. Hendrian
- Victoria Grace Howell
- YOU – basically, anyone else who’d like to give this Challenge a try! All I ask is that you link back to my post so I can see it when it goes live. 😉
Your topic, should you choose to accept it, is….
“One door closes, and another one opens”
What did you think of my entry for the Freestyle Writing Challenge? Have you done this blog tag before? If not, do you think you’ll try it?
Original photo credits: Jason Yu (banner)