Author Erika Kind threw down the Freestyle Writing gauntlet. So with eyes still bleary and a nice, hot cup of coffee at my side, I gave it a whirl. I didn’t get a whole lot of words written in those ten minutes, but it was early, early, early. And I got a few. The challenging part was NOT going back to edit it.
Which brings me to the cut-and-pasted rules:
Open an MS Word document (or Pages)
1. Set a stop watch or your mobile to 5 minutes or 10 minutes whichever challenge you think you can beat. (Not sure what that meant so I just set the timer for 10)
2. Your topic is at the foot of this post BUT DO NOT SCROLL DOWN TO SEE IT UNTIL YOU ARE READY WITH A TIMER.
3. Fill the word doc with as many words as you want. Once you began writing do not stop even to turn.
4. Do not cheat by going back and correcting spellings and grammar with spell check in MS WORD (it is 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)
5. You may or may not pay attention to punctuation and capitals. However, if you do, it would be best.
6. At the end of your post write down ‘No. Of words =_____’ so that we would have an idea of how much you can write within the time frame.
7. 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 nominations (at least 5 bloggers).
The topic I had to write about: The Most Wonderful Moment in My Life!
The most wonderful moment in my life was the moment I discovered I was pregnant. I had peed on the stick the minute I woke up that morning and gazed in awe at the blue line. Me! I was being trusted with the gift and responsibility of a life. I cannot describe how wonderful it was, but about ten years later, I witnessed it on the face of another.
I was working at the pregnancy center and a young woman came in for a free pregnancy test. When she saw the positive result she beamed, “I feel so privileged!” I knew exactly what she meant and I knew exactly how she felt.
It is an awesome entrustment.
When I was around ten years old, I had a cancer scare. I remember telling God that I really wanted to grow up because I wanted to experience pregnancy at least once. I wanted to know what it felt like to have another person growing in my body. God answered that prayer.
I loved being pregnant – well, until the uncomfortable, can’t roll over in bed, end.
My first look into my daughter’s face after the nurse placed her in my exhausted arms was probably the second most wonderful moment of my life. “You’re beautiful!,” I whispered into her tiny ear.
Yesterday was Mother’s Day. That beautiful bundle of joy is now 25 years old. She presented me with gifts as soon as she got out of bed. The best gift of all was the card she made.
Word Count: 254
Picture Count: 3
Time to throw it down to five worthy opponents:
Your topic: scroll down as soon as you are ready to start writing!
here it comes……
The time I was the proudest of myself.