A writing challenge for the challenge challenged

I was going to write today but…..

Life has a nasty way of getting in the way of writing. Whenever I ambitiously commit myself to a writing challenge something derails me. For example, last time I decided to participate in the novel in a month challenge, I promptly fracture my wrist (in five places) while mountain biking.

I was going to write today but my cat wouldn't let me

I was going to write today but my cat wouldn’t let me

However, I have found the solution! Mini-challenges.

For those like me who like writing challenges but also fail to complete the month long or so many word a day challenges, I bring you a week of exercises.

I am going to start tomorrow (Wednesday). I’ll let you know how it goes.

Oh and if the notion of a one-act play seems daunting in a day, try the sub-genre, 10 minute play.




Soliloquy SUNDAY–take the stage, and give me a speech.
Murder Me MONDAY–kill me with something in the crime genre.
Try-a-Limerick TUESDAY–inspired by NPR’s Wait wait . . . Don’t Tell Me!
One-Act WEDNESDAY–try some drama for your mamma.
Humor-me-it’s-almost-the-weekend THURSDAY–just make it funny.
Flash-Fiction FRIDAY–a complete story in 50 words or less. The fewer words, the better.
Satire SATURDAY–be bitingly funny, and make a statement while you’re at it.

13 comments on “A writing challenge for the challenge challenged

  1. Mini challenges are the best. I have two rules I do every time I write:
    1) At least 500 words per day
    2) At least three sentences per paragraph.

    Usually this helps me through it. I like your system too. I may end up stealing it 😉

  2. Nice idea… I mean, 7 days IN A ROW of writing? Like you say, life has a nasty way of getting in the way.

    But with all the challenges, does that leave enough time for actual ongoing-project writing?

  3. I So Understand, what you are saying. Thank You for stopping by and liking my blog, “Three Magical Voices”. And don’t give up on your writing, your voice is Important!!! And like weeds in a Real Garden, I shall RETURN 😉

  4. Great idea! Life so often gets in the way of our more creative pursuits. I could definitely see adapting this in my English classroom. The activities sound like they’d be really successful for high school students who, I don’t know if you know this, can sometimes be a little lazy. Ha!

  5. Oooohh, this is a good list. I’ve wanted to write a play for a while, since reading A Raisin in the Sun, but it’s a little daunting because all my experience is in prose (with a little poetry on the side). A one-act play sounds like a good place to start. ^.^

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