Seriously, I won.
This is crazy.
I follow a little blog called "One Minute Writer." Each day, C. Beth posts a word and you have 60 seconds to write whatever you want. She even provides a timer!
I use the prompts to do mini-journal entries, vent, write a bit of hint fiction, really just whatever I feel like that day. There are many days when I don't comment on the prompt, but it spurs on little ideas I jot down in the composition notebook I've started carrying around.
On Fridays, they do short fiction. You are allowed more than a minute, but keep it short.
On Friday, January 7, the prompt was "Sword." AND I WON! And I didn't even know it until Wednesday (Jan 19) because I hadn't had time to check back at the site since she posted that week's winner!!
So, here's the post with my short story that I wrote in less than five minutes and won me the marvelous title of "One Minute Writing of the Week Winner"!!
If you're looking to spur creativity or stretch yourself, seriously check this site out (there is a button on the right). I love it.