National Writing Day challenge
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:
You are going to write a brilliant 24-word short story.
Your story must start with the words ‘One day’.
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!
To complete the ‘24/7’ challenge you'll need to focus on making your writing short and focused - every word counts.
An efficient way to do this may be to use some imagery. Using figurative language can act as a kind of ‘shortcut’ to bring ideas to life for your readers.
Here is a reminder of some of the ways you might do this:
|Simile - a descriptive technique that compares one thing with another, usually using 'as' or 'like'||The trees stood as tall as towers.|
|Metaphor - a descriptive technique that names a person, thing or action as something else||The circus was a magnet for the children.|
|Hyperbole - a use of obvious exaggeration for rhetorical effect||The sun scorched through the day.|
|Personification - a metaphor attributing human feelings to an object||The sun smiled at the hills, ready to begin a new day.|
|Pathetic fallacy - a type of personification where emotions are given to a setting, an object or the weather||The clouds crowded together suspiciously overhead as the sky darkened.|
|Onomatopoeia - words that sound a little like they mean||The autumn leaves and twigs cracked and crunched underfoot.|
|Oxymoron - a phrase combining two or more contradictory terms||There was a deafening silence.|
A more detailed reminder about simile, metaphor and other literary techniques can be found in this Bitesize guide.
Before you get started listen to this advice from author Mark Haddon.
Create a table and list 5 things that you would change about the world. It might be homelessness or poverty; it might be something much smaller such as the way your brother speaks to you in the morning.
For each of the things on the list, write down 2-3 images associated with it.
|What I would change||Images|
|Homelessness||sleeping bags piled up in doorways coins collected in a polystyrene cup coats pulled tight around cold bodies cardboard spread out on the floor|
Now you’re ready to take on the 24/7 challenge!
Pick one of the things you would change and write a 24-word poem or story using the images you associated with it. Alternatively, try to fit all four things you would change into a single 24-word poem or story. Don’t forget to use the phrase ‘One day’ to start your piece of writing.
One day, no more doorway sleeping bags
clamping cold bodies. No more
hungry stomachs or broken hearts.
No more playground taunts or shameful tears.
Well done for having a go at the 24/7 National Writing Day writing challenge!
Make sure you show your work to your teacher, parent or guardian, who can then share your work on National Writing Day using the hashtags #247challenge and #NationalWritingDay.