by Christopher Mudiappahpillai

After reading this on Kesi’s blog, Wading in Walden Pond, I tapped myself:

The Game: Fiction Free-write (‘don’t think, just write’)
Time Limit: 7 minutes
The first sentence: She looked at the blouse dripping with water and gave a loud sigh.

And so, here it is…

She looked at the blouse dripping with water and gave a loud sigh. People always assumed that spontaneity is a good thing. But it’s not. She’d decided that today.

How dare he think that she would enjoy such a thing. The nerve of him. And on their first date. James Hodgson would have a whole other thinking coming his way if he thought that he could just pull her into the fountain like that. And with all those people there. What did he think she was? One of those strumpets at his… All those people!

What if one of her Mother’s friends saw her? Sopping wet in that filthy water. She could see it now. They would call her into the library. Father would be reading his paper, Mother would be knitting. “Eloise,” they’d start. No, she’d start. Father would just sit there. He never said anything.

She’d say, “I was talking to Mrs. So-and-so today. She mentioned that she saw you with that James fellow. Outside that restaurant. What’s it called? Willow’s Cafe?”

At that moment, she’d own up and apologise. She always did. She could make her do that.

Curse that James.

I’m not really sure how this is supposed to work. So I just assumed you’re to start writing as you start the timer and stop when seven minutes is up. As a result, it’s kind of jumpy, but I think it turned out okay.

I’ve struck out one word that I felt didn’t belong. And I added quotation marks around the mother’s words. I hope that doesn’t count as cheating.

The This reminds me of when I was in grade three. We would have one creative writing assignment every week. Mrs. Grossman would start it off my by writing a sentance sentence on the board, and then we’d have to continue from there.

Good times.



  1. March 21, 2006

    Hi Chris,
    Your response is really good – exceptionally good considering the 7 minutes time limit. And the lack of time for editing or re-wording. And yes, you have done the exercise correctly – setting your timer for 7 minutes and ending your writing process (regardless of where you were at in your writing) exactly when the 7 minutes were up. I hope that you don’t mind that I have linked your response to my post Kesi

  2. March 25, 2006

    Kesi, you are too kind.

    I enjoyed Shaju’s and yours quite thoroughly as well. So much so that I decided to try it out for myself!

    And, of course you’re free to link to this. I should be thanking you.

  3. March 31, 2006

    for 7 minutes, this is a pretty interesting read.

    and i like the little play button you’ve got going.

  4. March 31, 2006


    Thank you.

    I can hook you up with the flash player if you’re interested.

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