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A Gold For My Country: 100 words story.

Lately, Creative Writing Ink’s picture prompts were not inspiring at all. I want to write something but I still need some kind of stimulant to start. Fortunately, I found another writing site called Writing On Edge and they also have writing prompt called Red Writing Hood.

Red Writing Hood is our writing meme. It can be fiction or non-fiction, and unless otherwise noted, the word limit is 600.

The prompt is on our site Tuesday and the link-up is Friday.

This week’s prompt is related to Olympic…one of my favorite sport events 🙂

Angela asked us to write story based on these on the following prompts:

The 100 Meter Sprint

100 words on a conflict, competition, or game.

The Road Race

300 words on a topic of your choice. The only catch? Your setting must be London, Beijing, or Rio de Janeiro.

Synchronized Diving

Partner up with another Write on Edge writer. You each have 450 words to write about a conflict between two characters; each writer should represent a single character’s point of view.

I am intrigued by The 100 Meter Sprint, it’s a challenge to write something in just 100 words. The story I come up with…at first reached over 200 words. I did a lot of editing so that it will only have 100 words.

Here is my story:


A Gold For My Country

Tina listened to the headmaster trying to explain that she was about to be expelled. Her mother explained her condition. Tina was chasing her dream to make it into National Badminton Team. She was facing a tough decision, to chase her dream or to stay in school.

She made up her mind and said, “Sir, I know school is important but so is my dream. I want to be among the people who give something to our country. Expel me as you please but I’m going to continue Badminton till I give my country a gold medal to be proud of.”


The story is inspired by one of Indonesian Badminton Athlete and my own student. The idea is to emphasize on mind conflict between the needs for education and the needs to chase our dream.

Hope you enjoy it and I am open for critiques.

About Novroz

I actively maintained 2 blogs. My personal blog is about things that I love: Turtles, Books, Movies, Music, Larc en Ciel, Muse, Cillian Murphy, The Mighty Boosh and many more. I also help my 3 super cute turtles, Kroten, Papoe and Kurome, to maintain their own blog: http://kamekroten.wordpress.com

15 comments on “A Gold For My Country: 100 words story.

  1. ruth
    August 2, 2012

    ‘Red Writing Hood’ what an awesome name! I knew you’d pick Badminton as the subject Nov, very cool! I remember playing Badminton a lot in my front yard growing up. I’m terrible at it but I enjoy playing it. How many gold medals does Indo win so far?

    • Novroz
      August 4, 2012

      I am also terrible at badminton 😉
      We won’t get any gold medal this year as all our Badminton athletes have been defeated 😦

  2. Alice Audrey
    August 2, 2012

    Seems like something should be done so the student could to both.

    You picked a great conflict. It pulled me in.

    • Novroz
      August 4, 2012

      In one of the schools I teach, we accept students athletes. They rarely come to school, usually only during exam weeks. Many school refuse to accept them.

      Thank you Audrey 🙂

      • Alice Audrey
        August 5, 2012

        I guess I can see why schools might not want to deal with it. I’m glad yours does.

  3. TBM
    August 2, 2012

    Thanks I enjoyed your story. When I was in grad school I taught some classes and I felt for my student athletes since they had to maintain good grades and practice all of the time. They always looked so tired.

    • Novroz
      August 4, 2012

      I have some students athletes too…but in the school I teach, they don’t force them to have good grades. They are sort of home-schooling, they come to school only during exam as the students practice almost everyday and join as many competition as they can.
      Thank you TBM

  4. Wisper
    August 4, 2012

    I think you did well with so few words trying to emphasize that conflict about what to do in this situation. Nice job.

  5. Caroline
    August 6, 2012

    Well done in so few words indeed. 🙂 Tiny correction “Sir I know school is importnat but so is (not does) my dream… “

    • Novroz
      August 6, 2012

      Thank you Caroline…and thank you for the correction…correcting it straight away 🙂

  6. Cameron
    August 6, 2012

    Great response, and totally unique! I think the more obscure sports are my favorite part of the Olympics. Seeing Badminton and Skeet Shooting and Dressage getting international coverage and exposure makes me ridiculously happy.

  7. shelton keys dunning
    August 7, 2012

    I like the plot, very well done in such a few words. The conflict is clearly defined. Well done!

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