Here’s the first in a new series of articles for the blog. It’s simple, every so often I’m going to set a writing challenge. The more of you who join in and have a go the better. Just so it’s fair, I’ll also step up and share my attempt so you can all have a good laugh before you try it for yourselves.
The 3 Minute Story
Today’s challenge is the 3 Minute Story. It’s as simple as it sounds, but beware because it’s far more tricky than you could ever imagine. It’s both a race against time and against your own imagination. Here’s what you do:
- Think up a theme for your story.
- Make up some names for your characters. Writing any more than three characters will be nearly impossible.
- Go find a timer/stopwatch (easily found on Google).
- Start writing!
The only rules are that you must stop writing as soon as the stopwatch hits 3 minutes (no cheating!), you’re not allowed to re-draft but you can go back through and correct spelling/punctuation and you’re not allowed to pre-plan your story in any way at all.
So, make your writing quick, snappy and compact. Once you’ve finished the challenge, it would be great if you all shared the results at the end of this article by leaving the finished piece as a comment. Here’s what I managed to come up with:
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Twelve years. Twelve long years since Ilar had looked upon the face of the man he hated most in the world. There he stood, smug as anything and waiting for him to make a move.
‘You’re weak, aren’t you boy?’ Zadai taunted. ‘You’re but a babe still hanging on the apron-strings of your mother.’
Ilar bared his teeth and cried: ‘Keep your damn mouth shut. Your words are poison to me.’
Bringing his heavy blade to bear, Ilar readied himself, sounded a battlecry and charged at the man he had longed to kill. Twelve years. Plenty of time to plan revenge.
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- My Writing Challenge – Full List of Posts (mywritingnotebook.com)
- The Value of 20 Minutes a Day (lenleatherwood.wordpress.com)
- Putting them through hell (kasiajames.wordpress.com)
- Neil Gaiman Says Write (idlelore.com)
- What I Learned About Writing Books . . . from Writing Books (bkfuller.wordpress.com)
- Mixing It Up Writers Challenge (butterflydress.wordpress.com)