On October first, a friend started doing the 31 days of free writing challenge on her blog. Without asking what it was all about, I jumped in. All I understood was that you are supposed to write 5 minutes each day, just write anything. I haven’t written much in the past few years, except for short messages on email, and I felt rusty, stiff like a squeaky hinge. I thought it might get me back in the practice of writing for the fun of it. I have never been good at following rules. The five minute time limit is just not working for me. No matter who said it (and it was not Mark Twain) it really does take longer to write something short.