1) Must be exactly 250 words
2) Must have one main character and at least one secondary character
3) Must show either the main character’s biggest wish, biggest secret, or biggest fear
4) Must use one of the following words: stumble, chortle, or gargle
5) Must use the phrase: “What is that”
6) One hour time limit
My group had lots of fun with this exercise, so I thought I’d share our story. We were obviously short on words because we ran out of time to embellish with description to raise the word count. And this is obviously not polished writing any of us would ever submit to an agent or editor. But my daughter gave it two thumbs up as a bedtime story, and we were voted the winner of the group writing exercise despite breaking the number one rule. I guess that goes to show great writing often comes out of silly moments when you’re having fun.
By: Jennifer Kay, Carole Vaughn, Debra Daugherty, Diane Kastiel, and Louann Brown
Wood nymphs were usually the fastest flyers in the woodland, but Diana always preferred to walk. No matter where she was going, she managed to cross the arch cobblestone bridge that crossed over the bubbling brook. When she frolicked across the bridge a deep sound would rumble from below.
“What is that charming chortle?” she would call out, knowing perfectly well her secret love was crouched below.
If the other wood nymphs knew that her heart’s desire was a hideous troll, they would catapult her into the bog of no return.
On this day, Diana longed for a glimpse of her beloved. She crept to the railing and craned her slender neck. But only a dark shadow was visible to her starry eyes. She hopped up on the rail and leaned forward. Her foot stumbled and she cartwheeled toward the water. Just before she hit the water, something strong and muscular wrapped around her waist.
“My hero,” she thought.
“My dinner,” said the troll.
Gurgle, gurgle, down she went!