“Simply 6-Minutes” Writing Challenge #1

https://christinebialczak.com/2020/07/09/simply-6-minutes-writing-challenge/

Rules of this challenge:

  1. Set up a timer or sit near a clock so you can keep track of the six minutes you will be writing.
  2. You can either use one of the prompts (photo or written) or you can free-write.
  3. Get ready and write for 6 minutes, that is it! Can you write a complete story? Can you think of a new Sonnet? Can you write 400 words? 400? 500? There are no restrictions on what kind of writing you do, but you should try to be actively writing for six minutes.
  4. After you are done writing, include your word count and then post back to this page #Simply6Minutes or include your link in the comments section. Pingbacks are enabled.
  5. Have fun, challenge yourself if you’d like, read and respond to others’ posts.
  6. I would appreciate feedback on how often writer’s would like this challenge. Is it a once a week challenge? Just Saturdays? Let me know a day that perhaps there aren’t a lot of other challenges already scheduled.

Today’s Prompt:

The stream in the woods

We wandered down the path to the stream. I don’t know how many times we had walked this path. Jenna and I were best friends and spent any free moment together. We had sleepovers whenever we were allowed and tried to spend time together in school.  

Jenna was a few steps ahead of me. I didn’t mind and she knew why. I was terrified of spiders and if I were to walk through an invisible web, I think I would lose my mind. It has happened a handful of times and it ended up with me in my bra and underwear running through my yard screaming bloody murder. My mom had gotten really mad that one time. She said that I was overreacting. Whatever, I didn’t care what other people thought. I was not going to have any sort of creature crawling on me if I could help it.  

Jenna wasn’t afraid of anything. Well, that’s not totally true. She was afraid of heights. It is a bit different because you can avoid heights a lot more than avoid living creepy crawlers. 

We came up to the tree that marked the halfway mark to the stream. The tree was all twisted and Jenna said it looked like a heart.  She said this was the place that proved we were best friends. We weren’t gay but we were in love with each other.  

Walking to the right would bring us to the stream where the skunk cabbage grew. If we went more to the left, then we got to the part of the stream that was really muddy. 

270 words

©2020 CBialczak Fiction

Written for my writing challenge: https://christinebialczak.com/2020/07/09/simply-6-minutes-writing-challenge/

15 Comments

  1. That’s pretty good for six minutes! Did you do some editing before publishing? Wondering if that’s allowed in the challenge. Because of course, you want people to want to read it 🙂

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    1. I didn’t edit the storyline, except for spelling and grammar. Do you think this should be included in the rules? Do you think editing should be allowed? Just spelling, grammar, that sort of thing?

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      1. I was just wondering. A stream of consciousness write in six minutes won’t always be something to share. It might need some tweaking. You want to support writers, but also enjoy the read? I guess that doesn’t even have to be included in the rules. I was just wondering 🙂

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      2. Yes, something to think about. I will see what others say. Do you have a different idea about this challenge? I want it to be something people will want to participate in. I like the challenge of being timed.

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      3. I think that sometimes leaving in the errors is a good way to see how people write. I have written before with just my mind going and will see that I used the word sole instead of soul, for example. Leaving in mistakes also shows the newer writers that even the really good writers still make mistakes in their first draft.

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    1. I think that is why I started this, just to see how much I could write. I think it will depend on the type of prompt and the subject. I just saw on another blog that someone wrote about 500 words in 6 minutes! That is impressive!

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