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Five minute fiction

Today I’m doing something a little different. Last month I hooked up with some like-minded bloggers for “Writer’s Reveal” and I’m doing so again this month. The lovely Emily from Emily Morgan Writes has given me my writing subject this month and I’ve decided to tackle it a little differently.



Subject: A bull in a china shop

Challenge: Write for five minutes a fiction piece with the aforementioned subject in mind.

Rules: Timer on, write for five minutes no editing until time up.

So here goes!


She lay on the bed replaying the events of the day in her head. Things had gone from bad to worse in such a short amount of time. She chastised herself for being so stupid. It was typically clumsy of her jumping in at break neck speed, not thinking before acting. ‘You’re like a bull in a china shop‘ her mother would always say. Jennifer liked to think she was simply impulsive. But this time, things had ended much worse than she could have ever imagined.

Not only had she lost her boyfriend but now her best friend wasn’t talking to her, she had been fired and to top it all off an eviction notice greeted her upon her arrival home.

The tears started to burn behind her pale blue eyes. None of this would have happened if she had have just kept her mouth shut, but how could she? She thought she could save the day. Be the hero. That’s all she ever wanted.  A little respect from those she loved most. She was tired of being the sexy, blonde stereotype. The life of the party. The butt of jokes she knew they sniggered behind her back. All she had wanted was to prove she was more than just a pretty face. She had talent, she had dreams and behind the mascara and pink lipstick she had a brain.

She stared at the ceiling, the paint peeling away from the cornice after decades of neglect. ‘They were right.’ she whispered to herself. ‘I’m nothing.’  Her cat jumped up beside her and smooched his wet nose against her elbow as if to argue her point.”



What I love about fiction writing is that often when you start although you have a plan in mind, by the time you get to the end the story has taken on a life of its own. This is certainly what happened above. I don’t even know what Jennifer has done that has caused her life to crash down around her. I’m not sure if it is heading in a chic-lit light hearted direction or a more deep and harrowing place. I’m a little intrigued to tell you the truth.

It’s a great exercise to use when you are suffering from the dreaded writer’s block. Take a subject and just write. It doesn’t have to make sense, it doesn’t have to be a perfect piece of writing it just has to get the creative juices flowing. And who knows you might end up with the start of something….


 What do you think Jennifer has done to meet such disaster?

Writer’s Reveal is a once a month post that links the talents of EmilyMelissaJosefaJC,BeckyRhiannaAshleyZanni and me. The topic this month was sent to me by Emily. Please stop by and visit all the fabulous writers who are part of this link-up.