100 words inspired by ‘Brave’s Journey’

Writing flash fiction is harder than it looks. I challenged the members of the Tauranga Young Writers group to write a 100 word flash fiction piece based on the elemental motifs in Brave’s Journey, my upcoming book. Their teacher read them the back cover blurb and discussed earth, air, fire and water and then they set off to write.

I’ll feature two examples of their work on this blog over the next week or so:

The first is by 12 year old Kelly Brown, who normally enjoys writing funny stories about unicorns. This time she challenged herself to write something serious and here it is. What a great result!


Samantha walked along the water’s edge. The river flowed calmly, like a silver necklace. She sighed. Her life hadn’t been the same since the fire. She still remembered the look of joy on the woman’s face when she rescued the boy. The thought of this sent shivers down her spine. The cool evening air whipped through her hair as she stood watching fish dart under rocks. She looked down at her bandaged hand. It was funny to think that a few days ago it had touched a royal hand. She realised that by saving one life, the earth had changed forever.


What an interesting, well-written response! I asked Kelly what kind of writing she enjoys the most and what her writing goals are.

“I like to write really funny stories, all set in a country I made up called Plugastan,” Kelly told me. “I don’t always draw on outside inspiration, but when I do it normally comes from my best friend Georgina Wooler, or comes after reading one of David Walliams’ books.”

image1“This year my goal is to write a good piece of writing including lots of language features that people will enjoy. I also want to improve on spelling because that is a big issue of mine when it comes to writing!”

These are fantastic goals that I’m sure Kelly will fulfil.

Tauranga Young Writers group is run by Tauranga Girls High School teacher Piper Mejia. Once a month on a Thursday night, students get together to discuss their writing, do writing exercises and hang out. Sometimes Piper invites local Bay of Plenty authors along to talk about their work or ask questions. I hope to get along there soon. Other times the students are given a task to work on. The group is proving very popular. If you’d like to know more about the Young Writers Group contact Piper: pscribewrite@gmail.com


Comments (5)

  1. Kelly Brown 3rd September 2015 at 6:49 am

    Thanks Jan. It looks really cool and it awesome to think that that is my writing!😀

  2. Lia Chalmers 5th September 2015 at 6:48 pm

    Wow, great writing Kelly! It has a very strong ending statement! Well done!

  3. Piper Mejia 7th September 2015 at 9:20 am

    Really lovely imagery – love the ending.

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