Writing Challenge – first after a long time

The idea of doing writing challenges was to get into the habit of writing everyday, but that seems to have gone by the wayside a little!  So I’ve done a couple recently – and enjoyed them thoroughly as I always do!  (Mental note – really must do them every day!).  As always I used the Writing Challenge app, where you get fed a word or a phrase and have one minute for each – timed. 

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She didn’t know his name – not his real one anyway.  In her mind he was Hugo.  He had a quiff and a glass eye. 

“I don’t live here,” he’d said when he opened the door to let her in.  “Just looking after the place.”  Hugo stood back and let her in. 

She went in and saw photos of him all over the place: mostly of him travelling.  He was obviously very confused.  He clearly did live here. 

“This isn’t my key,” Hugo went on.  “I’m just looking after it.”  The key was put back in his pocket.  

“Would you like to sit?  I shouldn’t really offer.  It’s not my house.  I’m just looking after it.  But sit if you would like.” 

She sat and tried not to stare at him.

“I’m afraid I haven’t got any food in.  It’s not my place you see.”

“Hugo.  Do you know who I am?”

“Who’s Hugo?”

“You are.”

“No I’m not.”

“Can you tell me your real name?”

“Err yes…it’s…”  Hugo pause.  “I don’t remember.”

 

The Garage

And yet more writing practice from my favourite app!  I’m noticing that all my timed practices tend to have an element of the macabre about them…perhaps I need to start writing happy endings.  Have you noticed any themes that you weren’t aware about in your writing?  In my novel in progress I have the words “rotting death” which was the point at which my husband stopped reading.  To be fair it is a children’s story so he needs to man up a bit, but I don’t think “rotting death” would terrorize a child – if I’d gone into the details and described everything down to the last drop of gore I would be concerned.  I think that a frisson of fear is good in a story though :).  What do you think? 

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A Macabre Writing Challenge

On my Writer’s HQ course that I’m currently doing, there is a recurring theme of “just get writing”.   So I revisited my lovely Writing Challenge app which does exactly the same thing, and here’s what came out this time.  

It’s slightly macabre – I wonder what is going on in my head sometimes! I suppose this is what happens when you switch off the planning and switch on the writing. Continue reading

Writing Challenge 2

As part of my investigation into Writing Apps, I have completed another Writing Challenge.  I love this inspiration.  Have you tried the app yet?  What do you think?  Remember that you’re not allowed to edit – you just have to write!  This one is about a “rubbish girl”  who lives in a stinky cave and loves it  – I think there’s a story in that somewhere?  Continue reading

Mind Maps

Whilst I was looking into various Writing Apps I came across one called MindNode – an app which helps you create mind maps and which has become a firm favourite of mine.  If you can imagine your writing wall/notice board in front of you, covered in Post Its of who is who and where they are going you will know how much space this takes up and how annoying it is when one of the post its loses its’ stickiness and falls down behind the desk never to be seen again.  Or worse – your toddler son decides it would be fun to rearrange them all!  Grrrr… Continue reading