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Day #5 Writing Challenge – Ad Hoc Fiction

Back in the writing world tonight, I entered this gem of a competition Ad Hoc Fiction.

The rules for this were to follow a 150 word count max and to include the word “set”.  It was free to enter so why not give it a go yourselves?

This was my entry:

The Amateur Baker

She had never been great at baking or cooking; her culinary skills were somewhat limited to microwave meals and beans on toast.  Her heart was never content in the kitchen but as an only child and a big birthday coming up for her mum, she had agreed to bake an exquisite birthday cake for the big occasion.

Unveiling the cake to her mum proved she should stay clear of baking altogether for she had somehow squashed the bottom half of the Victoria Sponge so it looked almost L shaped with the top layer resting and drooping on it. She knew it looked nothing like the picture but her explanation was reasonable “The last step reads ‘let the cake sit’, so I made it look chair like’”.  Her mum shook her head before tapping on the recipe instructions “Let the cake set, not sit!”.

It’s loosely based on my old self, I never was into cooking, only the eating part! These days with 2 children I’m trying to venture away from freezer chicken and chips and delve more into wholesome and enjoyable flavours.

I skipped last night’s challenge and I don’t think I can double write tonight, so schedule wise and performance wise here’s how the progress has gone so far:

Day & Challenge

1 – 50 Word Stories

2 – Your Story 84

3 – Sweek Microfiction – BOOK

4 – 365 Creative Writing Prompts

5 – No Challenge Tonight

6 – Day #5 Writing Challenge – Ad Hoc Fiction

Today is technically day 6 but it’s the 5th challenge! I’m gutted but will keep on writing!

 

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Day #3 Writing Challenge – Sweek Microfiction – BOOK

Tonight’s challenge came from a website called Sweek, there are a lot of competitions on here and I feel there may be other nights where I drift back to it.

It took my whole 2+ hours to write tonight, then edit, then add extra in and then edit again, repeat until the maximum 200 word count is reached.

Please click the link below to view the entry, I think the judging is based on hashtag likes so click away.

A Large Book

I may expand on this micro story for my children, I think they’d enjoy it.

Until tomorrow readers, goodnight and keep on writing.

 

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Day #2 Writing Challenge – Your Story 84

Good evening readers.

Tonight’s challenge has come from Your Story #84

The rules are 25 words or fewer based on the image above.  I’m not able to publish the submission but if I was a pushy sales rep I’d say it was the best in the business.

Give it a go, it’s free to enter.  What have you got to lose?

I will start venturing into longer challenges around the 15th day.  Interestingly, because of the constraints with these super short pieces of work, I’m having to make every word count and so the thinking process behind the idea and its fruition is enjoyable but tricky.

Also a thing to note if anyone else decides to undertake this sort of challenge, plot in advance which competitions you will enter otherwise a good chunk of each writing session might consist of searching google…and that never turns out well does it?

 

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Day #1 Writing Challenge – 50 Word Stories

The silly splinter jammed under my finger came out tonight after it had embedded itself in my hand for several hours today.  Itchy and sore are the best words to describe the wound.  Once done I then proceeded with the writing challenge.  I started a little later tonight, much later than expected so I looked for a short competition to kick start this challenge off.  I came across this little gem:

https://fiftywordstories.com/

The submission has been entered and as an added twist I had to include a third person biography which was something new but the words just seem to pour out in coherent sentences, like it was all stored in my brain waiting for this opportunity.

I recommend giving it a go, it’s free to enter and there’s a chance to feature on their website.

Predator by Tanya Butler

He was lurking near the kitchen, peering around the door, going unnoticed.  Optimal situation. His line of fire was clear and precise. The target would never know it’s harrowing fate. Silence all around.

Then “BHAM!” Chip pounced on the fly that had been taunting his fluffy cat head all morning.

Day #1 – challenge accepted and submitted.

I’m off to bed now.  Keep creating wonderful characters, vivid settings and magnificent worlds writers!

 

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81 Words Writing Competition

Hello readers!

Tonight I’ve entered another competition, 81 words, the rules are as the title implies, 81 words.  Here is my submission:

Matthew

“Matthew, can you say Daddy?” Matthew stares blankly.

“Matthew, can you say Mummy?” Matthew looks to Mummy and babbles “Mum, Mum”.

“Matthew, say Daddy” Matthew smiles.

“Matthew, DAD-DY” Matthew’s attention has gone, he moves onto all fours and crawls away.

Daddy has now given up, he heads down the stairs.

Mummy picks up her child “Matthew, say Daddy” Matthew looks to the stairs “Da-da!”

Mummy runs down the stairs with him. “Say it again” Matthew pauses and then babbles “Mum, Mum”.

Short but sweet and from personal experience this is more close to non fiction than fiction, I think all parents have gone through something similar

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Writing Update

I still feel very exhausted today though I got a good night’s sleep last night. I tried to do some writing this evening and I enjoyed the session but the words just aren’t coming so I’ll restore my head and see what tomorrow brings.  I must go to the gym but as soon as I get back I’ll open the laptop and crack on with the work.

At the start of the week I posted this Monday Update. It contained some things in my life which I’d like to prioritise along with a new way of thinking.  Tomorrow the results will be posted.

For now dear readers keep on blogging!

 

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University Projects

Back in 2006 I went to University, it feels like it was a long long looong time ago but when I think of college or starting a full time job for the first time, in relation it really wasn’t that long ago.

The first is called ‘Famopoly’. If memory serves right this was done as part of an assignment in a visual media class, the idea was to create a documentary of your choice and then to turn it into a visual output. The class loved it and laughed at all the right moments which boosted my confidence as a writer and potentially a director too. My then boyfriend (now husband) helped with the visual side of things as it was permitted but as for calling the shots I was in charge.

This one was from a writing class, the University wanted industry experts to tutor and in came a chap called Ric Michael. At introduction I wasn’t sure who he was but I learnt he worked at a production company called Baby Cow and they had recently produced a lot of comedy shows, one of which was called Gavin and Stacey and that was pretty big back then. For those who aren’t sure, it starred James Corden, the now chat show host!

As an idea to get to know us all as students we all had to pair off with someone in the class (I couldn’t pick my husband before you ask) and I grouped together with this man called Tony. The next exercise was to tell each other about what our weekends had been like and then we’d have to write a quick story based on the other person.

Tony went on to say he had been insulating this guy’s roof and that’s the only thing I took from the chat and so turned it into the below ( Thanks again Tony for having an inspirational weekend, where ever you are!)My tutor absolutely loved the output. The video was something I did in my spare time, and again my husband captured all the images necessary where I just cracked the whip to ensure my vision was kept intact (He will probably read this later and want a discussion on the matter!)

I just watched this video before typing this blog and forgot about the teensy weensy bit of bad language, viewers beware.

My writing style hasn’t changed much since that time but that’s mostly down to the fact I haven’t written continuously since then, maybe I have a mature eye these days so there’s a natural shift in the writing style. Time will tell I guess.

I’d love to know what you think!

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It’s Back, Progress Update!

I have my mojo back! I’ve churned out nearly 900 words tonight which is something I haven’t done in a while at this time of day (it is 21:30).  I was getting worried that evening sessions were slowly becoming impossible but it’s amazing what you can do when you put your mind to it.

I had done some Yoga beforehand so I could get a bit of an exercise in and to help empty my mind and I feel it has helped.  I feel very focused, more so than say 48 hours ago when my motivation went out the window, down the road and nearly drowned in the duck pond. I must refer to this post on a day when I am mostly daydreaming more than focusing on the project.

The scene I have wrote tonight will eventually become back story for the protagonist, he will learn more about why this character behaves the way he does.  For now this characters, lets call him Mack, is currently alive and in a state of mourning, his brother has done something terrible and Mack thought he’d feel better after his brother’s actions but it leads him down the wrong path completely. In a way it feels like I’m writing dark comedies again, it’s all I wrote in University, but I’m trying to make it resonate more with the audience, rather than it just be a completely 100% silly story. The targeted audience is what I think about when I write to keep it on track but I see no harm in trying to push the boundaries a little. You’ve got to have fun writing right?

I’m going to sign off now and do a bit of meditation before bed, help keep my brain and body in sync. I wish you readers good luck with your writing tonight and will check in again tomorrow.  Night night.

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My Writing Plan

Today is the last day of this week, a not so productive week in terms of story writing, the focus HAS been on this blog which I don’t necessarily see as a bad thing since blogging is new to me and I’m just trying to get into a good rhythm with both mediums.

I found a blog recently which talked about prioritising the REAL things, the things we want to do, alongside all the obstacles that end up getting in the way and see how the focus can slowly shift by constantly writing these lists down, so I want to attempt to do that in this post:

WANTS (The things I’d love to do a lot more of)

Continue writing my book

Gather a portfolio of work

Learn more about WordPress

Go to the gym <— the only thing on this list I do regularly, but not enough for the price I pay!

Give my cats more attention

Meditate, do some Yoga, empty my mind of any stresses

Read a book, listen to some music

Watch a film on Netflix with my husband (have a night off from all of the above)

 

NEEDS (These tend to be the main priority, as I’m typing them out I can see how feeble they are)

Ironing (took me an hour tonight!)

Odd jobs around the house I couldn’t achieve during the day – paperwork, fixing broken toys, cleaning the cat trays, deep cleaning the house

Shower

Reply back to people in messaging services (something I dislike doing during the day if I know it’s going to be a long conversation, so I have to wait until my children are in bed before replying) <—this is an evening killer if I’m not careful

Sorting out the plans for the next day or upcoming week e.g. make sure there’s plenty of food in the house for my children or make sure there’s cash in the house for play groups, and then acting accordingly.

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Wow, I honestly thought there’d be more in the second list but I can’t think of any.  Now the list has been written let’s see where I am 7 days down the line with exercise.  Nearly everything in the Needs list is done every single night and they CAN take up the whole evening on occasion. This is why I’d like to have another 5 or 6 hours added into a day just so I can get everything done without fail or excuse.

I need to get my brain into gear, climb aboard the motivation train, put my fingers to the keyboard and override all obstacles in my head and just do it.  I’ve read so many inspirational blogs, there’s been so many wise and profound words that I must go and show the world what I am capable of with my writing – so I shall sign off now, wipe the slate clean and think/dream positively for the future! I wish you all well fellow writers, if you want something so badly you’ll do anything to make it happen right? bye bye unproductive week, hello to a new jam packed productive one!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The Ending

I am writing the ending as we speak, just taking a quick tea swig break. I know where I want the story to finish, but only to an extent. As I’m writing I’m finding obstruction after obstruction, I’m just not able to freely write it out as it all needs mapping properly BUT this is how I would write normally, it’s just at THAT stage.

I haven’t written a novel, ever, I have wrote a lot of scripts for TV (again, silly ones but my tutor said I was destined to write for children((he even wanted me to continue on to get the Masters degree but I couldn’t afford it))but I have done my homework on how it needs to be done. The ironic thing is, is that out of all the writing that’s been done for this novel, the speaking parts have been the most challenging, when you’d think they’d be the easiest due my background – strange huh?

The lessons learnt from doing homework are:

1 – Map it all out, story, character, theme and map it out darn well <—doing tonight
2 – Write, write and write more. Then when you’re happy with it, re-write until you can’t do anymore.
3 – Make it exciting. Would I want to read it to my children? does it stand out from the crowd?
4 – Visualize everything and everyone, look for loopholes and ensure they don’t happen.

That’s all my brain can express at the mo, useful notes for when I’m going back through my blog at a later date.