Five Word Challenge

We’re going to start a new feature on this blog called the five word challenge (well unless we think of something better). What is this five word challenge I hear you ask? Well let me tell you.

Yesterday I wrote a short post called Give me a challenge where I asked you to give me writing challenge’s, writing prompt’s, writing ideas, basically anything you could think of. In return I was given a really really good idea, proving once again that if you don’t ask you don’t get.

The idea was to create, what I am dubbing, “The Mystery Box of Words”. Write a load of words on small bits of paper, fold them up, stick them in a box, give the box a shake, and then pick out five words from the box. Hence the name Five Word Challenge.

In case you don’t believe me, here is “The Mystery Box of Words”.



That is some 130 bits of paper, each with its own word on.

There are mix of items, places, locations, actions, colours, and just general other words all thrown in there. You can use them as a theme, a setting, plot point, or however else you wish.

If you have any words that you think should be added to the box leave them in the comments below and I will add them in, likewise if I come across any that I think would add to the box I will add them in.

As for how things will work then, each week (I’m thinking Sunday evenings UK time to be precise) I will draw five words out of the box and create a short post telling you all what the five magic (damn I should go back and add magic in there) words are and that way you are all free to join me in this little adventure writing a story, a poem, or whatever else you want. Remember to link to the page for a pingback so we can all see what you made of the five words. I figured weekly gives us all the time to have a good little think about it and write something we are happy with.

Although I was thinking of maybe making short YouTube video’s for the draw that I would put into a post. Have it like the lottery draw or a football tournament draw, add in some cheesy music and a drum roll as each word is picked out. I would also give you my first thoughts and impressions on what could be done with the words. Would anyone be interested in that? (Yes I would still type up the words and some ideas so you wouldn’t have to little to me).

So to sum up each Sunday I will put a post with the five chosen words for the week, you then write something based around or inspired by those five words at your own pace and leave a pingback to the post so that we can all find it and read it. I will post my story (because I can’t write poems) at some point during the week so that you can enjoy them.


19 thoughts on “Five Word Challenge”

  1. This is a great idea! I used to write 3 random words that comes to my mind and let my students in the class make short stories with those words/items included in their stories. I’d also write a story myself, and at the end of the week, on Friday, we would all go through the stories and the students loved it so much! This is bit different and I love to try this! 🙂 Thank you for the idea! Can’t wait to see how creative people’s responses will turn out!

    1. No problem, I can’t wait to see what other come up with as well. Hopefully there will be a lot of variety with everyone interpreting the words and ideas differently.

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