Okay, I’ll play along…

Ali Isaac tagged me for a Freestyle Writing Challenge. The idea was to write for either five or ten minutes about an assigned topic, then stop and post it. You can read Ali’s attempt here.

To recap the rules

Open an MS Word Document

Set a stop watch or your mobile phone timer to 5 or 10 minutes, whichever challenge you think you can beat

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

Fill the word doc with as much words as you want. Once you start writing do not stop.

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)

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

At the end of your post write down β€˜No. of words = ____” so that we would have an idea of how much you can write within the time frame.

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 assignment was: “If you could go back in time, to any period in history, when would it be, and why?”

Ready, set, go:

If I could go back in time to any period in history, it would have to be the Wild West of the United States.

I know where all the pretty places are to stake out my homestead. I also know where quite a few of the famous mineral deposits are. It wouldn’t have to be a huge strike, just enough to get me started. I could then invest in the companies that are going to be successful, like Union Pacific Railroad.

I have an idea where all of the bad places are, and could avoid raids by Pancho Villa or the various native peoples. I might even stake out some country where all the oil wells are, or simply invest in the right struggling wildcatter.

I’d have enough cash after a time to travel to all the really cool places. I’m sure 1800s San Francisco would be interesting for a week or two. I might even take a ship to Africa or the Klondike, just to poke around. I could buy some items to lock away for future generations like first editions by Mark Twain and Robert Service.

I came up with 188 words in five minutes. Ali wrote 225 in ten minutes. I don’t think I won a prize, but I was competitive.

Here’s the hard part. I have to rat out five friends, and I don’t think I have that many. In fact some of them were already tagged by Ali.

I love playing these games, it’s the ratting out friends part I have a hard time with. Here’s the deal. It’s fun, and you should play along. Set your timer for either 5 or 10 minutes, as you please. Then write your little black hearts out. Link to me, and I’ll read your post. Heck, link to Ali, and I’ll bet she’ll read it too. The whole world should consider themselves tagged.

Set up your keyboard, take a shot of courage, and let her rip. Here is your assignment:











You wake up in an unfamiliar section of forest. There is a small stream flowing past you. The sun is high in the sky, and won’t indicate west for several hours. You have a canteen full of water, a hatchet, and a box of matches. What will you do?


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18 responses to “Okay, I’ll play along…

  1. Ali Isaac

    You are a very wise man! I would never think of investing in business ventures which became successful, or buying up first editions of books which went on to be famous! Well done Craig, I loved your vision of this time and place in the past! And yeah, the tagging others is the part I’m not keen on either, thats why I made it clear ‘no pressure’. Actually, this is far better than all the ‘awards’ doing the rounds… its relevant, fun and stimulating, to take part in and to read.

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  2. Well done, Craig! This is a great exercise. Free writing can be so… well… freeing. *shakes head* Ah, well, not my most creative comment ever. LOL

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  3. Sounds like a fun challenge and you did an excellent job with it. It’s always interesting the way the mind works, flowing from one thought into another. Free writing can be a lot of fun. My critique group does it every so often when we have time left at the end of one of our monthly meetings. I already peaked at the end, or I might have given this a try. My I’ll attempt it with my story spinner (wheel type thing that gives you random words and subjects) and post the results of that.

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  4. Wow! You really thought about what it would be like to go back in time. You have it all figured out. Ha, ha! What a fun challenge! You did great! πŸ˜€

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  5. I like this idea. It could help get the writing juices flowing again.

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  6. This was such a cool “assignment”! And how did I know you’d pick the old west? And now you even have your cool hat to help you fit right in. Sweet!

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