Freestyle Writing Challenge

I’ve been nominated by the wonderful Britta of It’s a Britta Bottle! to undertake the Free Style Writing Challenge.  The challenge is all about seeing how much you can write within a certain time span on a given topic.  Because you’re writing on the fly, polishing, proofreading, and editing is not allowed.  This allows for a certain amount of vulnerability–to post something you normally wouldn’t dare let into the light.  I’m all about a challenge and have more than enough writing capacity now that summer is here, so I thought it’d be fun to join in.  (Be sure to check out Britta’s response to the challenge as well!)

Here are the rules:

  1. Open an MS Word document
  2. Set a stop watch or your mobile to 5 minutes or 10 minutes whichever challenge you think you can beat.
  3. You topic is at the foot of this post BUT DO NOT SCROLL DOWN TO SEE IT UNTIL YOU ARE READY WITH A TIMER.
  4. Fill the word doc with as much words as you want. once you began writing do not stop even to turn.
  5. Do not cheat by going back and correcting spellings and grammar with spell check in MS WORD (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 the right spelling and stick to grammar rules)
  6. You may or may not pay attention to punctuation and 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 nominations (at least 5 bloggers).

I nominate:

Anyone and everyone.  If you’re reading this post and want to give it a shot, this is your chance!  If you decide to do it, I’d love to see what you come up with!  Leave me a link in the comments!  (Also, I will make sure to link to your post here as well so others can read as well!)

My free write:

Topic: Childhood Toys

There are girls that play with dolls and girls who don’t. I consider myself a member of the first group. Growing up, I was all about dolls. Baby dolls, Barbie dolls, American Girl dolls… I had them all.

Dolls tended to go in phases. My first memories of them were odd, lumpy babies. I suppose my parents gave these to me because I could chew on them and toss them about without breaking or harming the poor things.

I also remember owning lots of Polly Pocket dolls. No, I’m not talking about the three-inch girls with plastic clothes. (Though those came later in droves). I’m talking about the half-inch plastic people-shaped lumps with large round disks on their feet. Their houses closed in half. Does anyone else remember those?

Then, there were the Barbies. Oh, how I loved playing with my Barbie dolls. I used to invent all kinds of stories with them—most of them had to do with maidens getting saved by Ken. (Really original, I know.) Fun fact: I used to cut up old socks to make dresses for my Barbies. That way, they could look like servants and pesants. When the man came along to save the day, they’d get a wardrobe upgrade. (I now realize that I fell prey to Courtly Love tropes even as a small child. Sad.)

American Girl Dolls… I had to beg my way into one of those. I got the catelogues for YEARS before actually owning one. I got Kit, the girl from the 1930’s, though I read all the books for all the girls (courtesy of my elementary school library). In fifth grade, I got Kaley the California surfer limited-edition girl. I owned a LOT of clothes for those dolls. The funny thing is… I never seemed to play with them.

Polly Pockets—or Fashion Pollys as my best friend and I used to call them, were my FAVORITE. I owned so many dolls, clothes, and accessories that I set up a miniature town that took up my entire floor. Those toys got played with like nothing else. I still played with them until seventh grade. (Don’t tell my middle school classmates… they’d probably still tease me.) In the end, I put them in an enormous Rubbermaid and sold them to one of my mom’s friends for $100, making me feel rich and making one little granddaughter’s Christmas incredibly bright.

We had other toys besides dolls. Between my brothers and I, we owned almost every Toy Story character in some shape or form. We also had lots of Legos. It was my older brother’s dream to own the Lego Millenium Falcon. (Actually… I think that’s STILL his dream. He’s twenty four.) We had lots of Star Wars action figures, cowboy figurines, and even fake Lord of the Rings swords. And, although dolls were my primary domain, I played with them all.

No. of words: 184–Time 10 minutes

Main Mistakes: Minor spelling errors

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For those of you who decide to do the challenge…

Your topic is : Your Happy Place.

3 thoughts on “Freestyle Writing Challenge

  1. brittabottle May 24, 2015 / 10:24 am

    Ah, this was so fun to read, Amelia. I’m glad you joined in!
    Oh my goodness, my American Girl Dolls were my pride and joy as a child. I was all about dolls, too, growing up. I had a My Twinn Doll (I don’t know if anyone else remembers those) and this Dream Doll Designer Doll, too (I think the company went out of business shortly after I got mine..but basically, you could design a doll online just to your liking and choose its clothes and you could spend money to have the company send you a doll that looked just like your online creation. It was so fun and I was sooo proud of that doll when I finally got it for Christmas one yaer).
    Nothing compared to my American Girl Dolls, though. I had three–Kit, Samantha, and Lindsey (the first girl of the year). I remember looking at the magazine where Kit was introduced on the playground at school with friends and falling in love with her. I saved up for her with my $2.00/week allowance money and ended up buying her…man, was I proud of that. Strangely enough, I never really played with any of my dolls either…there was just something about having them that filled my childhood hear with joy.

    • Amelia May 24, 2015 / 6:23 pm

      I think I remember My Twin Dolls! They were sold at Target, right? One of my elementary classmates had one and she convinced us that they were all haunted. So I never got one.

      Do you still have your American Girl Dolls? I still do. I’m pretty sure I also poured over the catalogs on the elementary playground. It seemed to take FOREVER to finally get one of my own. I wish I could go back and get Felicity and Kirsten–they aren’t sold anymore and, in retrospect, I think they’re some of my favorites.

      • brittabottle May 28, 2015 / 4:26 pm

        I don’t think the ones I’m thinking of were sold at Target, but that’s so funny that an elementary classmate convinced you those dolls were haunted!
        I sure do! They are stored away in my parents basement and I know my mom can’t wait until I get a place of my own so as to free up some storage space. 🙂 Ah, one of my best friends had Felicity. I always regretted getting Samantha when I was younger…I used to wish I would have gotten Kirsten instead for some reason. I do love Samantha, though and I’m glad I have her. I’m sure she’ll be archived eventually, too.

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