The 23 minute challenge…

‘See you next week long legs!’ shouted a voice from the other side of the car park. I turned and laughed.

‘See you later Dom.’ I kicked off my boots and threw them into the footwell on the passenger side, slamming the door shut and starting the engine as I watched Dom pull away. As the dark clouds above descended, I was glad to be in the warmth with the heater now on full blast. The now rain soaked pitch was dimly lit with only two out of the four flood lights working shedding little light in my direction, so I turned on the headlights and made my way towards the exit. 

Sam Turner, a gentleman they call me-a popular one at that. Apparently a gifted footballer who’s just turned 19. I still live at home with my parents but I’m pretty confident it won’t be long before me and the Mrs take the giant leap and find a place of our own. By day, I’m a student, studying Chemistry-a subject i’ve always had a keen interest in. Anyway, that’s enough about me. It all sounds too good to be true, right? The truth is, I never made it to the exit on that fateful night in January.

I love to write without too much planning. Creative writing I believe should be exactly that. There is no greater challenge than starting with a blank page and a blank mind.

My train ride home from work takes exactly 23 minutes. Those 23 minutes are usually spent plugged into my phone or listening to other commuters conversation. Well not last night. Last night I attempted to complete a very short work of fiction from the point I boarded the train to the point I stepped off again. With a blank canvas, 23 minutes and an empty mind, is this the opening of an intriguing story?
Let me know your thoughts. Thanks guys. As always a huge thank you to my latest followers and to those that have stuck with me. ‘A Hole in Serenity’ is almost there so thank you for your patience!
Take care,


  1. Nandini Bharadwaj · January 9, 2016

    Hi, Mark! I’m sure I couldn’t have come up with a beginning that good in 23 minutes. Perhaps a little editing to trim the few convoluted sentences would really make the piece shine.
    I agree with you one hundred percent. I’m not a huge fan of planning either. I write what I feel like at the moment and I’m getting better at overcoming the fear of a blank screen with practise.
    Good luck with your endeavours! 🙂


  2. Ally B. Jones · January 11, 2016

    Nice Job! I am looking forward to more or hopefully the rest…

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  3. karhats · January 11, 2016

    Hi there I found your blog on the community swimming pool. I look at alot of blank pages, I don’t think that a bad thing but after those 23 minutes I go to get some coffee and I wait a bit longer. It could be a short story I don’t know it could be more. It is really awesome though

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  4. countryheartbeat · January 18, 2016

    What an awesome challenge for yourself!

    Liked by 1 person

    • drakes1 · January 18, 2016

      Thank you! And boy was it a challenge!


  5. andythewriter33 · January 28, 2016

    That is a great idea to try and help with writer’s block too. Sometimes, I just need to write something entirely different in order to get back in the mode to work on my book. I will for sure be trying this soon.

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    • drakes1 · January 29, 2016

      Hi Andy, thanks for stopping by and for following! It definitely works I can assure you. Just to focus on something completely different even for a short period of time has you returning to the project in hand with fresh ideas. Take care and good luck. Mark

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      • andythewriter33 · January 29, 2016

        Thanks! I’ve decided to write something short once a week to keep me active and always writing. One of the reasons I started my blog was to keep me writing everyday. It’s new but any feedback would be much appreciated! Thanks, Andy

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      • drakes1 · January 29, 2016

        You’re welcome! I’ll definitely keep an eye out for your posts. Mark

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