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A Freestyle Writing Challenge – 10 minutes on the clock…

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I was tagged by Sally Cronin at https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/  – who promotes authors, musicians, painters, photographers and shares lots of advice for a healthy lifestyle on her blog. Even as she promotes others, she is an author of many books as well. Check her out, her blog is a smorgasbord of awesome information.

This is what you have to do…

1 Open an MS Word Document

2 Set a stop watch or your mobile phone timer to 5 or 10 minutes, whichever challenge you think you can beat

3 Your topic is at the foot of this post BUT DO NOT SCROLL DOWN TO SEE IT UNTIL YOU ARE READY WITH YOUR TIMER!!!

4 Fill the word doc with as much words as you want. Once you start writing do not stop.

5 Do not cheat by going back and correcting spelling and grammar using spell check (its 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)

6 You may or may not pay attention to punctuation or capitals. However, if you do, it would be best

7 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.

8 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 nomination (at least five (5) bloggers).

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I set my time for 10 minutes (I cannot reread this or I’ll start tinkering).

My challenge is: If you had your time over, what profession would you choose and why?

I had to think about this question as I cannot imagine doing anything differently in my life. I’ve always known what I wanted to do and have gone after it. I wish writing hadn’t taken a backseat to my working life, marriage, a family and divorce but that’s how it goes. I’m back writing now and that’s all that matters.

We live in a small Northern Ontario town. The only office I had seen was the town doctor’s: his receptionist’s desk with patient records and all kinds of paper. I made up my mind I would work in a large office and write a book. Around age eight the cast was set. Everything in my life fell into place one way or another, although not always in the order or manner I anticipated. Let’s face it, like anyone growing into life, impatience dogged me and it still does.

I had friends who couldn’t make a decision about anything, needed to find themselves, were confused about what to do with the rest of their lives and that always perplexed me. On the other hand, I also have believe I was born lucky. The next step always seemed to lead me to the next one and so one. If I ran into difficulties or roadblocks, they didn’t last long. The next thing came along.

I have always been happy as me. No matter who had what, I felt no need to compete. My focus was never the biggest house, car, or a closet full of clothes. More meaningful were a few good friends, lots of books, new experiences both good and bad.

Regrets? I’ve had a few. Possibly that is the human condition, but once one door closed, I never looked back, wasn’t even tempted. Whether this is a good trait or not, I cannot say. I seem to work on the premise once something is over, I file it, shut the door and go to door number two and three and so on.

No. of Words: 331

9 min 23 seconds

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These are the people I would like to tag for this challenge, but none are obligated in any way to take part. This is a fun post. Do pass it on.

Sheri Mathews – http://sherrimatthewsblog.com/

John Howell – http://johnwhowell.com/

jleahy http://tribalmystic.me/

 Donna Parker – http://yadadarcyyada.com/

Kate Loveton – https://kateloveton.wordpress.com

 

Should you accept this challenge, scroll down for your question. Do not peek until you are ready to start typing.

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My challenge to YOU:  What is the next technological device the world needs now?

 

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Author: Let's CUT the Crap!

I'm getting a little LONG in the tooth and have things to say about---ouch---AGEing. I believe it's certainly a state of mind but sometimes it's nice to hear that you're NORMAL. I enjoy reading by the truckload. I'm a grandma but I don't feel OLD although I'm not so young anymore. My plan is to stick it out as long as I can on this lovely planet and only will leave it kicking and screaming!

53 thoughts on “A Freestyle Writing Challenge – 10 minutes on the clock…

  1. Reblogged this on Human Relationships and commented:
    A Freestyle Writing Challenge – 10 minutes on the clock…

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  2. Hi Tess, Sally tagged me for this – don’t think I could write anything so succinct/interesting in ten minutes!!!

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  3. Reblogged this on Smorgasbord – Variety is the spice of life and commented:
    Thanks Tess for rising to the Freestyle writing challenge I set this morning in such style.. great job as always.. knew this one was right up your street.

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  4. Tess, that was extremely cool. Well done too! Hugs. 😀

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  5. You wrote all that in under 10 minutes and no spelling mistakes? Amazing and also nice to read about you!

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  6. You did a great job! And, it was nice to read more about you–and that you seem so content with your life.

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  7. Typos make me cringe. My hands are getting bad, but I decided to slow down for this. Haven’t had the nerve to read it yet. Maybe tomorrow.
    I’ve been typing a long time. It’s like second nature. ❤
    Thanks so much for reading and for your sweet comment, Gilly.

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  8. Great job! You said a lot in almost 10 minutes.

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  9. There’s a lot to be happy about in what you said. Moving along from one to another, being happy in who you are and where you are. That’s a good life Tess.

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  10. Wow, first off, thank you for thinking of me, but I’m terrible at these challenges, although maybe that’s why I should try it. 🙂
    I love what you did though, you certainly rose to the challenge! 🙂

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    • The coffee was strong; the focus sharp and determined because this may never happen again…at least not like this all in one day. 😀 😀 😀

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    • You’ll be great. Give the question that personal spin, in the same flavor you write your posts. When I added your name, I smiled, thinking how answering the ‘call’ might look with you personal brand on it. Up to you, but I can see it happening. Your brand, remember… 😮 ❤

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  11. I’ve been tagged but had some other prompts to deal with first. Now I feel inspired/ And it is good to learn yet more about you. You and I are both alike – few typos and grammar flows. Good work!

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  12. Tess that was incredibly impressive for the time frame. I might still be staring at the screen.

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  13. That must have been quite a difficult challenge, but you did a great job. It must be wonderful to know what you want and go for it. I did all sorts of things before I finally found what I wanted to do. I admire your ability to be happy with who you are too. Great post 🙂

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  14. What else can I add????? you are GOOD!!!!

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  15. For freestyle writing with a time limit, you have a remarkable ability to organize your thoughts and express them in a coherent logical manner.
    Just the suggestion of a time limit and I tend to paralyze.
    Nicely done!!

    … I think I might have taken 10 minutes to write this comment 😉

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  16. Dang! That was time well spent!

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  17. Great stuff, I love how content you are, yet, still driven x

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    • Thank YOU, Lisa.I waited a long time to get to this time and don’t intend wasting it sleeping. Passion gets me out of bed in the morning. I’m just not the rocking chair type. Lucky again, you see. ❤ ❤ ❤

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  18. I’m very impressed you did this in 10 minutes – interesting but with a depth about your values and beliefs.

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  19. Oh Tess!! Here I am at last catching up with you (got back from my trip to Jersey late Monday night) and going backwards with your posts, so read this and thoroughly enjoyed it and then saw my name, total surprise!! Thanks so much for tagging me, what a fun post! I happily accept, will try to get to it next week. I covered my eyes and scrolled down, promise, so no peeking until the given time!! I love your life philosophy, you live life how it is supposed to be lived, happy in your own skin, if something doesn’t work out you go to the next thing and don’t let the bad hold you back. I’ve lately been feeling a bit down about my writing, wishing I had started way earlier in my life, but reading your words here has greatly encouraged me to get off my self-pitying **** and enjoy the day for what it is…hey, we are writing now, right? You inspire me greatly my friend…and as so many have said here, I am hugely impressed that you wrote this in just under 10 minutes. Bloody brilliant 😀 😉 ❤

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  20. Tess, what a fun challenge! And the nice thing about what you wrote is that it enabled me to learn more about you. I like your attitude toward life; I especially like the idea of closing a door and never looking back. Ever onward! 🙂

    Hey, I’d love to try your challenge and am jazzed that you passed it along to me. I’m not able to do so right now, though. Will you forgive me? ❤

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    • No rush and no pressure, Kate. I pushed myself to do this one because I’ve been turning people down and thought I’d see what was what.
      My days are scheduled and I hate messing with the rhythm built into each one. I know how hard it is to throw in something extra. Wishing you a kind and wonderful week. ❤

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  21. It comes through in your writing that you are comfortable with yourself. Wonderful job on the free write!

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  22. Fun. Fun. Fun! These are the kinds of exercises I do with my creative writing classes. They make our brain work – fast. Keeps us from ever getting dementia, and it’s wonderful writing practice. You’re right, you are lucky and in the right profession, for sure.

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  23. Fascinating challenge & how well you did Tess! Loved reading it & I suspect you enjoyed doing it too!

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  24. Impressive Tess; I wish mine had been as coherent as yours. And no typos either. Woohoo!

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  25. Wow! Leave it to Sally to create this fun exercise. That was fantastic!!!! I am swamped and drowning in work presently, but I look forward to participating in this challenge in the near future, and undoubtedly it will present itself to me within our blogging circles. 🙂

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  26. Thank YOU, Debby. Some come harder than others and sometimes, I;m successful. Thanks so much for reading and commenting. ❤ ❤ ❤

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  27. Really enjoyed what you did. It was nice learning more about you. 🙂

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  28. Thanks so much, Susan. I’ve turned down numerous challenges and felt it was time to participate.
    I’m a creature of habit and and panic when I have to add something else to my schedule—Whew, I made it. 🙂

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  29. Enjoyed reading this bit of you. I still have a lot of your China trip to catch up on, but getting there! Wonderful links too. Thanks for sharing, Tess.

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    • Thank YOU, Christine. ❤
      I'm pleased your're interested in catching up on my China trip. Thank you for reading. Hope you enjoy. 😀

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      • Oh yes, I do enjoy. The reason I don’t visit more often is I leave it until I have plenty of time. You know how it goes! Still a lot to catch up on yet, and I can see one has to be careful which tour company one gets – all those cancellations and changes of plan must have been maddening.

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  30. It confused the heck out of me because nothing agreed with our schedule. As well, because of the changes, I lost track of what day it was. Most confusing. 😦

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