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I Challenge YOU to Get Better at Writing in Just 5 Minutes!

I’ve been thinking recently about how anyone so rarely puts into practice what bloggers teach. For example, when I read a writing post I might skip through it, nod along with the facts, and comment how it was a great post, and then go about my day.

But…that really didn’t do anything, did it?

I know, that sounds weird, but hear me out.

You can read something. You can agree with the facts. But if you don’t DO anything, it’s not going to stick.

It’s like reading about how math works but never lifting a finger to practice a single problem. How well do you think you’re going to do on that math test if that’s your strategy?

This is just like writing: Just reading these blog posts on tips but never actually putting these tips into practice is going to have a very minimal impact on your writing. So how much better do you think you’re going to be when you sit down to write?

Today, I want to change this habit. And it’s going to help YOU so much.

Guys. I challenge all of you to go read a blog post and DO what they say.

Here’s what I mean:

Let’s say you find a post with tips on writing a fight scene. One of their tips is to make sure you describe the 5 senses during the fight scene. What I want you to do is write a fight scene with your characters and actively describe the 5 senses while writing it. 

What this’ll do:

  • Give you a five minute win: The goal of this is to try to do this in 5 minutes. If you need to, set a timer, or just give yourself a small amount of time to do it with no stress. That way it’s just an awesome, simple project!
  • This’ll also give you a scene you can potentially use in your novel or any other story. It’s not mandatory to use it, of course, but sometimes you’ll come up with such awesome stuff you might just need to!
  • If you choose a post on, for example, writing fight scenes, it might give you a great insight into how your characters would react and act in a fight.
  • And now, the best part: You’ll have gotten better at writing in about 5 minutes. That’s it, guys! In 5 minutes you will be better at writing than you were 5 minutes before. And you’ll have a new writing skill!

Okay, writers! Once you find the right post, feel free to try out as many tips in the post as you want, and write a scene using those tips (or only one tip if you want) with the characters from one of your books!

Then, come back and copy-paste the scene you wrote in the comments!

To Get You Started:

I picked out three posts from Wild Writing Dreams which you can hopefully just pick off whatever tips you want and write off of. Don’t worry about perfection-it can be a completely unedited scene, it can start in the middle of a random place…who cares! Just write it out. Get better in 5 minutes.

Feel free to zoom around through my blog for other posts or go to your favorite writer’s site and use one of their posts!Screen Shot 2019-02-10 at 2.39.03 PM

I know this is technically work, and yeah, we’re used to skimming posts.

But hey, don’t pass up the chance to get better at writing in such a short time!

To make this more fair…I’m going to do this too! Guys, go find me a post. Something that I can easily grab a couple tips off of and use. It can be my blog or a different blog, doesn’t matter. Link it to me in the comments and I’ll write something up for you guys! (I’m open to doing more than one, it could just potentially take me longer to write them all up as I’m in the midst of school).

NOW, GO, FLY YOUNG PADAWANS!

WRITE!

I shall see you in the comments.

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^aka me being dramatic because I obviously HAD to put a gif in my post

Mary

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I Challenge YOU to Get Better at Writing in Just 5 Minutes!

15 thoughts on “I Challenge YOU to Get Better at Writing in Just 5 Minutes!”

  1. Ooooh, Mary, this is AWESOME!!!!! Sooo I don’t know how long I worked on this scene, but I did the one about making a likable protagonist. I…*cough, cough* took the “saving the cat” thing literal. XD Here it is, but it’s kinda long. (Also, THANK YOU for doing this, ’cause it actually made me sit down and write! *pumps fist in the air*) It’s also VERY unedited, so no judging. XD

    “Help!” someone cried. 
    I turned my head in the voice’s direction. A young woman was frantically trying to get one of the many pedestrians passing by attention. She pointed to a tall oak tree a few feet away from her. I squinted, but couldn’t make out what was up there.
    A few people stopped and looked, but many ignored her. 
    “Please! My cat’s up there and she won’t come down.” The woman’s voice cracked, and I felt like I should dash across the street and help her.
    “C’mon, James. We’re gonna be late to the party if we don’t hurry,” my best friend, Jane, said beside me. 
    “Wait. That woman needs help,” I mumbled.
    “What?” Jane raised her bushy brown eyebrows.
    I shook my head and, after waiting for a few cars to speed by, raced across the street and to the woman. 
    The woman grabbed my arm and pleaded, “Please, boy. You have to help me save my cat.”
    I nodded, and the woman pointed again to the tree. This time, I spotted a striped tail dangling through the thick leaves from one of the highest branches. Seriously? The cat had to get itself stuck that high. I considered turning and going back to Jane. We had a party to get to anyway, but the woman’s pleading eyes made me walk to the tree. Finding a few good footholes, I made a steady climb up. My shoulders burned, and I almost slipped twice. But I didn’t stop until I made it to the cat.
    “C’mon, cat.” I reached for the tabby cat, but it screeched and moved away. “Hey! I’m just trying to help you. Can’t you make this at least a little bit easier?”
    The cat started at me. I moved forward and grabbed it. The cat clawed and jumped from my arms.
    “No!” I shouted as it plummeted to the ground. However, the cat landed on its feet and seemed perfectly fine. The woman raced toward it, scooping the cat into her arms.

    I ended it kinda quickly ’cause it was getting too long, but there you go. So would you be able to do something off this post https://goteenwriters.com/2020/06/05/3-tips-for-writing-with-voice-by-taylor-bennett/ of will you need something else?

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    1. Thanks, Issabelle!! Ooh, such a good one!! Honestly, thank YOU for doing this (and for putting your writing in the comment) because so far there’s not been much response 😂
      Gasssssppppp, I LOVE IT!! Throwing the party away to help someone else out was perfect!!!! *thunderous clapping* 👏 👏 👏
      Thanks SO much for sharing!!

      Oooh interesting! I shall try and write up something!!

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      1. Aww, you’re TOTALLY welcome!!!!! Haha, yeah, I noticed no one else had put anything in the comment and had to double check that you DID say to put our story in here. I had wondered if I had just made that part up at first. 😂 But YAAAY!!!!! I’m SO happy you like it. Writing that will probably be the most fun thing I do today!!!!!! *dramatic bow*
        You’re welcome, girl!!!!!!! <33

        YAAY!!! I can't wait to see what you come up with!!!!!!!

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      2. I know right!! I suppose if they all did the writing and just didn’t feel comfortable sharing, then it’s fine, just as long as they did the writing *coughs awkwardly as I look at them* Wahoo!!! So glad!!

        OKAY, sooo my family has got some loud music up in the background so I didn’t write as much as I thought I would, but here ya go! I tried to put the tips into place as best as I could in like 5 minutes 😆 (it’s very unedited as well lol)

        The sun set, dipping so far it sent rays of light exploding across the water. It was a fire of golden rays, shooting outwards in all directions.
        I squinted against the light, my thumb mindlessly caressing a stone between my thumb and fingers.
        I supposed most people would find this water beautiful.
        But it only made me confused.
        Why did the water get to look so beautiful when it had done so much to hurt me?
        My finger curled about the stone, and with a flash of anger I hurled it with all my strength into the water, hoping to shatter it the way it had shattered me.

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      3. OOooooh, girl, I LOOOOVE IT!!!!! YESS!!! Though, I don’t know much about Will, I could also TOTALLY see him in that situation!!!! I liked his thoughts on the water and all. You could TOTALLY use some of this in a story!!!!!!!! *cough, cough* I think you did waaaaay better than me, but to be fair, mine was longer, so I had more places to mess up and sound really weird in. XD

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      4. Thank youuuu! Oops, yes, I struggle with knowing how much to share without spoiling plot twists and stuff 😂 Which unfortunately means I don’t think I’ve explained Will enough to anyone lol
        Ahh yes!! I totally could! LOL nahhhh. Agh, so true, but I loved yours!!!

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