The 10×10 Writing Challenge: Write more and deepen your imagination

I’ve been grappling with the guilt of not writing enough for quite some time. Years, in fact. But then I realised that the guilt doesn’t help, and I made peace with the idea that I want to focus my attention on my business (which, since I’m a fiction editor, requires similar skills and effort).

But I don’t want to lose my fiction writing muscle completely. And writing is fun, you know?

The other day I felt the itch to start writing again, but I found myself at a loss. What should I write about? The possibilities seemed endless, and simultaneously I was drawing a blank. I realised I needed to start small and build from there.

So I decided to set myself a little challenge, just to get me going. And I’m extending the invitation to you, too.

Whether you’ve been struggling to get going with your writing or you just want a fun way to exercise your writing muscles during the holiday season, this challenge might be right up your street.

How it works:

  • For the first 10 days of December, I’ll post a writing prompt in this private Facebook group.
  • Using the prompt as a starting point, write a 10-sentence story.
  • You can either post your story as a comment below the prompt or keep it private (though you might want to leave a comment letting everyone know you’ve completed your story – accountability is a great motivator!)
  • Try not to break the chain! Complete all 10 days.

That’s all there is to it! By the end of the challenge, you’ll have written ten pieces of flash fiction and might have come up with an idea or two worth expanding into longer pieces.

Ten sentences should be a very manageable amount of writing, something that can be easily squeezed into your day. By writing to a prompt, your imagination will have a launchpad; ideas thrive best when there are boundaries placed upon them. And by aiming to write a complete story within ten sentences, you’ll have the satisfaction of completing ten short pieces.

I’ll be posting my stories in the group 🙂



This challenge has now come to an end. Thanks to everyone who took part!

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By | 2017-09-05T14:33:14+00:00 November 28th, 2016|Novel Writing|0 Comments

About the Author:

Sophie Playle of Liminal Pages is a professional fiction editor. She worked at the largest publishing company in the world before gallivanting off to do a Creative Writing MA at Royal Holloway, University of London. She's an Advanced Professional Member of the Society for Editors and Proofreaders, and she trained with The Publishing Training Centre. Every now and then, she slips her laptop into her rucksack and works from a different country for a few weeks.

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