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The Fiction Cafe – Writer’s Group 30 Day Writing Challenge

It’s been a while since I last wrote a blog post. The usual reasons – life and work (the day job), no excuses, just facts. But here I am with a little update on my current work in progress (WIP).

My current WIP has come about because I’ve been taking part in the Fiction Cafe – Writer’s Group 30 Day Writing Challenge for September. If you’ve been following along over on my Facebook page you’ll have an idea what my WIP is about. If not why not pop over and have a read. Each post is only short so it won’t take long. I’ll wait here…

Ahh, you’re back. What do you think? Are you enjoying it so far. Obviously it’s raw and unedited, but I’m happy with how it’s coming along so far. And, more importantly, taking part in the challenge has helped me get my mojo back as I had been struggling to put pen to paper for some time!

So, we’ve been sharing our responses to the daily prompts (pictured below) each day using the hashtag #tfcwriterchallenge

Today is the last day of the challenge. I’m using it to share my last few days in one. From Day 27 – Write a blog style post, to Day 30 ‘Decision’s’. Day 27 fulfilled purely by being here, on to Day 28 – News Headlines:

Henford Daily Bugle

Meteorite Biohazard in Hills

The UK Space Agency were called in to Henford Hills on Saturday Evening. A tennis sized meteorite was retrieved, with agents in full Biohazard suits. The UKSA are refusing to comment at this time. It is believed a group of local young adults were responsible for the find and calling in UKSA, but no one has yet come forward to speak with us. Further updates will be shared as they become available.

Mystery Infection to blame for deaths

Three dead and two isolated as mysterious infection hits local hospital. Henford University Hospital and Public Health England have declined to comment on this weekends outbreak other than to urge people not to be concerned. It is believed the outbreak is currently contained within the infectious diseases ward at the hospital. Investigations are ongoing into the source of the infection and the risk to the public. Henford Bugle continues to push for updates.

Day 29 – Family Tree.

Amy’s family is quite small, just one uncle Max who has never married (he’s gay but hasn’t come out). She doesn’t know her maternal grandparents. Her paternal grandparents live in Spain, having retired there several years ago. Her father, Philip, is her world. She doesn’t know her family beyond this.

Day 30 – Decisions. Your main character witnesses a car accident. The victim is hurt and unconscious and the driver that caused the accident is trying to flee. What does your main character do and why? Do they stay with the victim or go after the driver?

Amy didn’t think she had ever run as fast in her life. Yet, here she was chasing after Vern. Vern, in turn, was chasing after the driver who had just ran off after causing a head on collision. They had left Jude and Helen tending to the unconscious driver of the other vehicle. Amy felt it would be better if she went with Vern. The driver could well be infected, given his reaction to the crash. It would take both of them to deal with him if he was.

The infection caused different reactions in each person. From death, to a zombie like state, to rage. The incubation period seemed to have sped up. And it was evolving. They had no idea what level they would be dealing with until, or if, they caught up. Although, right now, Amy wondered if she could even keep running. Both Vern and the fleeing driver were so fast. Her heart was beating out of her chest, she could barely catch her breath. She stopped, bending over. With her hands on her knees she looked up and saw the driver shake and fall to the ground as though hit by a taser. With a sigh she gathered her strength and made a final sprint to catch up. Ahead, Vern slowed, creeping cautiously towards the fallen soul.

Well, that completes my 30 Day Challenge. The story is to be continued of course, maybe I’ll even finish it sometime!

Have you participated in any challenges lately? Do you find them helpful for your writing? Why not share what challenges you have done in the comments?


Self-published author whose first book Coffee Break Companion, a collection of short stories and poems is now available on Amazon. S.L.Grigg lives in Bromsgrove with her family. Working in the NHS and enjoying reading, Pilates and travel, amongst other things when she isn't too busy writing.

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