I was surprised and honored to have been nominated to perform a Freestyle Writing Challenge by Kayla Johnson https://thefirsttwentyrows.wordpress.com . Ms. Johnson is a writer whose blog I follow and whom I respect enormously.
I found this idea of doing a freestyle writing very engaging, because I use a similar exercise with my students in my First Year Writing classes in college. So, it is only fair that I, also, do this exercise.
Here are the rules that I should follow (and also for those who accept my challenge):
1. Open a blank Document
2. Set a stop watch or mobile phone timer to 5 or 10 minutes
3. Your topic is at the foot of this post – DO NOT SCROLL DOWN TO SEE IT UNTIL YOU ARE READY WITH YOUR TIMER!
4. Once you start writing do not stop until the alarm sounds!
5. Do not cheat by going back and correcting spelling and grammar using spell check (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 with correct spelling and grammar.)
6. You may or may not pay attention to punctuation or capitals
7. At the end of your post write down ‘No. of words = ____” to give an idea of how much you can write within the time frame
8. Copy and paste the entire passage on your blog post with a new topic for your nominees and copy/paste these rules along with your nomination (at least 5 bloggers)
My topic to write about was to describe a home you’ve lived in.
My freewrite — I gave myself ten minutes:
I grew up in what seemed to me to be a very large home on the south side of town. It was a half-double (twin or duplex, depending on what you are used to hearing), but it was truly a very large and mysterious home to me, at least when I was a child.
The front of the house sat up off the street, with a set of old, concrete stairs that went straight up for about 15 steps then turned onto a landing of about 10 feet, then another 10 steps. The front of the house had a porch that ran the width of the house.
This porch was one of the best features of the house when I was a child. My friends and I, especially my cousin, played there in all kinds of weather. Many board games, battles with toy soldiers, including create handkerchief paratroopers, and other adventures were done there.
The yard was also a deeply important part of the house when I was a child. It ran the length of the house and then curved onto the back. The yard was flat for about half of the distance, then had about a 2 foot slope leading to a longer hill up to the top or the yard. In the winter, this was an extraordinary place for the kids to ride their sleds. Because there was a large hedge at the bottom of the yard, we had no danger of flying into the streets.
A retaining wall ran part of the length of the house, and it had a depression in it, creating a long runway, or at least that’s what we called it. As a kid, I believed it had to have been created for use to run our toys cars on.
Today, many people would see an old, run-down house in a depressed area of that town, but for me, it was a wondrous building.
The inside of the home was also mysterious and full of wonder. The basement, which ran the length of the house, ended with stairs that led to nowhere. I was convinced they had to be magical, although I know now an addition covered the outside entrance they had led to.
Time!!! Ten minutes just elapsed, so I have to stop.
The word count is 371.
This was a very interesting experience, and I enjoyed thinking and writing about this home. Once again, thank you to Kayla Johnson!
Here are my nominees, and a big drum roll please!
Kait King https://kaitking.wordpress.com
Russell J. Fellows http://russelljfellows.com
Herminia Chow https://aspiringwriter22.wordpress.com
In My Cluttered Attic https://inmyclutteredattic.wordpress.com
Sarah Higbee https://sjhigbee.wordpress.com
Karen Pearce https://fillyourownglass.wordpress.com
Rebecca McLaughlin https://makawalli.wordpress.com/
Kat Kent 2014 https://writersback.wordpress.com/
Please do not scroll down until you have decided to accept and begin the challenge!
If you could travel to any place in the world at another historical era, where would it be?