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:

  • paper

  • 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!

Get inspired to get writing!

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!


You are going to use similes and metaphors in your story. So, before you begin, watch the following clip to quickly revise what these are.

Revise similes and metaphors.

A simile describes something by comparing it to something else using the words like or as.

  • For example: He’s as feeble as a mouse.

A metaphor is a word or a phrase used to describe something as if it were something else.

  • For example: Jess is dynamite.

Jess isn't made of dynamite, but it's a good way to explain how exciting she is.

If you feel like you need to revise similes and metaphors in more detail before you start this challenge, you could check out the Bitesize Daily Lesson Using similes and metaphors.

Get writing!

Before you get started, listen to this advice from childrens' author
Frank Cottrell-Boyce.

Get inspired with Frank Cottrell-Boyce!

Activity 1: One day…

Make a list of all the times when something in your life changed for the better.

It could be anything: the day your brother or sister was born, the day your tooth fell out and you got a pound, the day you met your best friend… let your memory roam free!

Aim to write down at least three ideas.

Activity 2: Precious items

Look at the different precious items in the list below. Create a simile or metaphor for each item.

Remember: A simile uses the words like or as, whereas a metaphor says something is something else.

For example:

Simile: The crown glittered like a shining star.

Metaphor: The diamond ring was a disco ball reflecting light.

  • A king’s crown
  • An old photograph
  • A diamond ring
  • Your favourite toy
  • A family member, or best friend

Now come up with three of your own precious items and write a simile or metaphor for each one.

Activity 3: Get creative!

Have a go at writing some interesting sentences by combining your ‘One day…’ and ‘My precious items’ ideas.

For example:

One day my brother was born and his smile sparkled like a shining star.

One day my tooth fell out and the pound under my pillow glittered like a disco ball.

Write at least seven different sentences, all starting with 'One day'.

Top tip!

  • Don’t worry about making mistakes or not writing perfectly. Creative writing is all about having a go and having fun!

Activity 4: 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 3 to create your own brilliant poem!

For example:

One day my brother smiled like a shining star,
teeth glittering like a disco ball.
My friend and I giggled like gleaming gold coins.


  • Your poem 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!

Top tip!

  • 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!

Great work!

Great work!

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.

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