Weekly writing challenge: the rules.

Hello blogging world!


All my life I have dreamed about being a writer. As a child my nose was forever stuck in a book and I marvelled at the intricate stories that writers are able to create in their minds.

However, the tired English GCSE curriculum took me away from the books I loved as a child and forced me to read things I didn’t enjoy. All to get a letter on a piece of paper.


So, I studied Maths at A – Level, and for my degree and went on to get a PhD in something engineering related – I won’t bore you with the details.


Now, at the ripe old age of 27 I am trying to do something I’ve wanted to do in ages; write a novel.

I am accustomed to writing large bodies of text.  A 200 page doctoral thesis teaches you a thing or two about structure and crafting a narrative but it does not treat writing as an art form rather a vessel in which to relay information.


Needing creative writing practice I am setting myself a challenge. I have chosen to air it online in blog form in the desperate attempt that somebody out there in the blogging world will read it, and hopefully join me in some scribblings of their own.


Once a week I shall use a random first line generator in which to start my short story, 1000-2000 words.

I will post the opening line on a Friday, and the accompanying short story the following Thursday. Thus, giving anybody wanting to join me a week to get writing.


To give you an idea of what I mean, possible random first lines could be:


“She’d got him wrong, but that was her loss…”


“The pen hadn’t been worth stealing…”


“Spider threads caught at her face, a sign that nobody had been there yet…”


Thanks for reading!


6 thoughts on “Weekly writing challenge: the rules.

  1. Good for you for challenging yourself to write weekly. If you want some more writing idea, there are lots of blogs that offer flash fiction prompts. Everyone gets connected and reads each other’s responses – lots of fun and a great way to connect and build a following. Just throwing that out there as another tool for your toolbox. 🙂 Thanks for following and I’m looking forward to seeing what you come up with. 🙂

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      1. WordPress is full of kind and supportive writers and readers, so no worries. I’d recommend Charli Mills Carrot Ranch Literary Community (99 word stories), and Sue Vincent’s The Daily Echo (any length). They both run weekly prompts and are lovely people too. I don’t participate every week, but I love reading what other writers pull together. 😀

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