Thursday, 1 March 2012

Olivia's 100 Word Challenge

On the 19th of January 2009, the biggest clay ball was created. Using any old bits of clay, Sarah Slade added more and more clay that was, when finished, eleven feet in height and twelve feet width wise. It took Sarah just over a year to complete it. This young record breaker was inspired when she was given a packet of modelling clay for her twelfth birthday. But one morning Sarah awoke to the sound of her burglar alarm. When she ran down stairs she got the shock of her life. Two young men where rolling the ball out of the door not knowing that her neighbour had already called the police.


  1. Hi Olivia!

    What a wonderful entry to 100WC. I love the sense of pride that is softly invoked in the beginning of the piece. It was fantastic to read how something as small as a packet of modeling clay could inspire someone to break records! You have left me wanting to read more which is always a brilliant sign!

    I look forward to your next entry.

  2. I really like this piece of writing. I though it was creative and a really nice piece. Can't wait to hear more.

  3. I really liked this is was very creative. This is a story that won't bore people.To bad though, that robbers had to rob the house.

  4. Hello Olivia, your entry into 100wc 22 is quite early. So nice to read your story which leaves one truly inspired about how little things can grow so big. Keep writing. This is good

  5. Hi Olivia,
    What a great cliff hanger! I'm wondering whether the clay sculpture got damaged, or was sold for a very high price. You have left me eager to find out what happens next. This is a great 100WC entry. Keep up the brilliant writing. :)

  6. Kelly Waugh (Roehampton University)6 March 2012 at 10:39

    Hi Olivia,

    What a fantastic story. I love that even though the neighbour has called the police, it is still possible to add to the ending story. You are encouraging the reader to use their imaginations. I also like how you have shown that Sarah is proud of her clay ball by using language like 'record breaker' and 'inspired'. I would recommend that you keep using sculpture and other forms of art as starting points for creative writing. Maybe next time try not to use the art so literally and look at what the piece may make you feel or what you think it may represent.

  7. your story are good well done and i like it

  8. it was a very good story we think if you write another with more description it would be great!!

    from julia and tanya from rome class