The Graham Greene Challenge

I read about the Graham Greene Challenge on Fuel Your Writing. It’s a 500 word challenge, but not just writing 500 words as a short story and then stepping away, done. Graham Greene’s challenge was to only write, exactly, 500 words of the manuscript/ book he was working on and then walk away to leave it until the next day. That means stopping at whatever word comes up as #500, no matter where it is – even if you don’t finish your sentence.

Torture? Perhaps, clever torture though.

Try it. You’ll need something to let you know when you’ve come to #500 and then when it dings you have to stop. Won’t you be itching to finish it? Won’t you be just raring to go when you can start the next 500 words? I bet all kinds of ideas will be flowing and you won’t be able to get the whole thing out of your mind.

3 thoughts on “The Graham Greene Challenge

  1. Hi Laura,

    This was penned by Eunice Frost, the first Penguin books editor.

    I’m not sure that her opinion of Graham Greene……..and she really did know him…….matches yours.

    Nice site good objectives.

    Well done.


    If only I could get a small advance

    You bet I’d go straight to the South of France –

    You need a lot more for the USA

    Than any publisher will give away.

    Oh to be Shaw – or even Graham Greene

    They are twice damned and still show on the screen.

    I hear the Council’s puffed you in Peru,

    That’s nothing to my puffing up of YOU,

    And anyway the whole thing’s just a plot

    To make us think we’re someone when we’re not.

  2. I don’t know much about Graham Greene. I do like the plan of stopping at 500 words. It would work for me. Thanks for the comment. Now I will look up more about Eunice Frost, pretty cool for a woman to be the first book editor at a big publisher like Penguin.

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