National Writing Day challenge
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Today you'll practise your creative writing skills by taking part in the National Writing Day 24/7 writing challenge.
You will need:
a pen or pencil
something to time yourself with
Created in partnership with National Writing Day
The 24/7 challenge
It’s National Writing Day today and the aim is to get everyone writing creatively!
You are going to take part in a 24/7 challenge.
There are just three rules:
1. You are going to write a brilliant 24-word short story.
2. Your story must start with the words ‘One day’.
3. You will write it in just 7 minutes!
It’s a challenge, but don’t worry – this lesson will guide you step by step so you’re ready to make the most of those precious 7 minutes!
When writing sentences, it's important to follow some basic rules.
Sentences should always start with a capital letter and end in a piece of punctuation, usually a full stop.
Watch this short video to find out more.
Before you get started, listen to this advice from childrens' author
Activity 1: Choosing a memorable day
Think about a day in your life which was really amazing. For example, it might be a birthday or a day spent with a friend.
Write down three things you remember about that day. Make sure you use capital letters and punctuation correctly.
Here is an example:
The sun was shining.
I ate a strawberry ice cream.
My friend Jay was pushing me on the swings.
Activity 2: How did you feel?
Following on from activity 1, write a list of words that described how you felt on that day.
For example: Happy, excited, calm.
Try and write at least three words.
Activity 3: Challenge time!
Now you’re ready to take on the 24/7 challenge!
You’re going to use the ideas you came up with in Activity 1 and 2 to create your own brilliant short story!
One day, the sun was shining.
I ate a strawberry ice cream. My friend pushed with me on the swings and I felt happy.
Your story should only be 24 words long.
It should start with the words ‘One day’.
It should be written in 7 minutes. Set yourself a timer!
The most important thing is to have fun! This is about trying something new and enjoying writing creatively. Don’t worry if you make mistakes, just have a go!
Well done for having a go at the 24/7 National Writing Day writing challenge!
If you like, why not share your work on National Writing Day using the hashtags #247challenge and #NationalWritingDay.