Simply 6 Minutes

Welcome to the challenge: A day late…The Labor Day Holiday got me all messed up!

Today’s Prompt:

*****For any participants that do NOT like restrictions, please feel free to participate in any way you would like. It is great to read the contributions!****

  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. *Feel free to leave your work completely unedited. I believe it is good to see, especially for new writers, that even very seasoned writers don’t write a perfect first draft.*
  6. Have fun, challenge yourself if you’d like, read and respond to others’ posts.

Thank you for participating!

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Here is my contribution:

Marcia stood outside the ice cream shop. She didn’t know if she wanted a sundae or a cone. Then once that was decided, then it was picking a flavor! There were so many choices. Next came toppings. She knew that decision would have to depend on whether she picked a sundae or a cone. She just saw a family get out of their car, walk up to the window and order! How can anyone do this that fast? 

Brian stood next to Marcia contemplating the flavor of ice cream he wanted. He knew he wanted a cup because those damn cones lose their ends and he always ends up with ice cream all over his shirt. Next he would have to decide on toppings. He would wait until Marcia decided though since they would be sitting right next to each other during the show and he didn’t want something that would clash with the smell of hers. 

Debbie couldn’t believe the line! How could it take people so long to figure out what they want? Most of these people probably sit and contemplate and then order the same damn thing every single time. I mean who goes out for ice cream and doesn’t order their favorite flavor. Debbie knew everyone there probably had more than one favorite but it was still pretty easy to pick.  

Jenna sat behind the window (230 Words)

©2020 CBialczak Fiction

Simply 6 Minutes: Welcome to the challenge: 09/01/2020

Today’s Prompt:

*****For any participants that do NOT like restrictions, please feel free to participate in any way you would like. It is great to read the contributions!****

  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. *Feel free to leave your work completely unedited. I believe it is good to see, especially for new writers, that even very seasoned writers don’t write a perfect first draft.*
  6. Have fun, challenge yourself if you’d like, read and respond to others’ posts.

Thank you for participating!

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My Contribution:

How did I even get in here? Last thing I knew I was headed over to that tree and look at me now, locked in a zoo. This zoo looks like some of the others I have passed. I once overheard someone saying that there were a lot of animals to see in the zoo. Why am I here by myself? Wait, unless there is someone behind me. Should I look? I don’t know if I want to turn around and see what is waiting for me. If I stay here long enough maybe I will blend in and nothing will see me. Why did I head this way? What was I thinking? Who is that over there looking at me? Shhh… He sort of looks like me….Hmmm, his cage is a lot smaller. Why is he copying me? Maybe he’s some loony bird. Let me try to be friendly….

Okay, here goes…(waving)…Wow, he’s waving back. Maybe he isn’t so bad afterall. Let me tell him to come over…..(waving to come over)….Oh, he wants me to go into his cage. No, I’d better not. (Shaking head no)….Why is he saying no, I didn’t ask him anything? Okay, I’m just going to ignore…..

(202 Words)

©2020 CBialczak Fiction

“Simply 6-minutes” Writing Challenge 08/18/2020

Welcome to the challenge: 08/18/2020

Today’s Prompt:

Photo from Chewy.com
  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. *Feel free to leave your work completely unedited. I believe it is good to see, especially for new writers, that even very seasoned writers don’t write a perfect first draft.*
  6. Have fun, challenge yourself if you’d like, read and respond to others’ posts.

Thank you for participating!

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My Contribution:

“I’m going to get you Baxter.” 

“Oh Cleo, will you just leave me be. Isn’t there enough room for you to go play by yourself?” 

“But Baxter, we  always have more fun when we play together. Lets go on the top. Then we can wake up Milly. She thinks it is nap time. Let’s show her there is no  nap  time here!” 

“Cleo, let her sleep. She isn’t bothering you or anyone else. We can’t even really tell she is here.” 

Cleo insisted on bothering Baxter, despite Baxter asking him to leave him alone. That’s what little brothers did and Cleo was just fulfilling his role. Milly, being the oldest of the three, was considered the wisest and expected others to treat her like a queen. Mom and Dad even put a special shelf for her to sleep on that was hard to reach from the other shelves. Cleo wondered if they did that so he wouldn’t bother Milly.  Who knows, but having a brother and a sister, Cleo thought he’d have someone to play with and he wouldn’t have to beg. Baxter luckily never bothered Cleo and never got aggressive. Milly  was a different story. But no matter how many times Cleo took a swat at Baxter, Baxter would just… (211 words)

©2020 CBialczak Fiction

“Simply 6-minutes” Writing Challenge 08/11/2020

Welcome to the challenge: 08/11/2020

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. *Feel free to leave your work completely unedited. I believe it is good to see, especially for new writers, that even very seasoned writers don’t write a perfect first draft.*
  6. Have fun, challenge yourself if you’d like, read and respond to others’ posts.
  7. 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:

Thank you for participating!

My Contribution:

The Cruise

Peter had told Vera that the ships were cleaned since COVID hit.  He didn’t know that meant no one was allowed to be near one another at all! The whole ship seemed deserted. Peter didn’t mind as much during the day but what were he and Vera to do in the evenings. There wouldn’t be dancing, you stand too close. There wouldn’t be Karoake because you share a microphone. There wouldn’t be a stage show because the actors and actresses can’t be that close. He guessed they would spend their time at the bar and the casino. At least the drinks were free.  

Vera thought the cruise was divine. No one near her while she sunned her skin and read her book.  She hated it when she was in the middle of a chapter and somebody has to come over and ask what she is reading or if she likes the boat. Hello, can’t you see I am busy! Anyhow, she thought tonight her and Peter could eat a late dinner, maybe have a drink at the bar and then catch a movie on the ship’s movie network. There had to be some old romantic comedy that they could fall asleep to. Maybe they could order room service, at least that could be done, given you follow the rules and not open your cabin door before the waiter had left.  

Peter figured it was going to be a long night. How was he going to entertain Vera on this deserted ship? No one they could mingle with, no one to talk to. He even hated that when they laid in the sun on the deck that there was no one passing by to just shoot-the-shit with now and then. (289 words)

©2020 CBialczak Fiction

“Simply 6-minutes” Writing Challenge 07/28/2020

Welcome to the challenge: 07/28/2020

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. *Feel free to leave your work completely unedited. I believe it is good to see, especially for new writers, that even very seasoned writers don’t write a perfect first draft.*
  6. Have fun, challenge yourself if you’d like, read and respond to others’ posts.
  7. 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:

Narragansett, RI

Thank you for participating!

“Simply 6-minutes” Writing Challenge 07/21/2020

Welcome to the challenge: 07/21/2020

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. *Feel free to leave your work completely unedited. I believe it is good to see, especially for new writers, that even very seasoned writers don’t write a perfect first draft.*
  6. Have fun, challenge yourself if you’d like, read and respond to others’ posts.
  7. 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:

Thank you for participating!

“Simply 6-minutes” Writing Challenge 07/14/2020

Welcome to the challenge: 07/14/2020

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. *Feel free to leave your work completely unedited. I believe it is good to see, especially for new writers, that even very seasoned writers don’t write a perfect first draft.*
  6. Have fun, challenge yourself if you’d like, read and respond to others’ posts.
  7. 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:

Thank you for participating!

About the Writing Challenge

I love writing challenges. I know there are so many to participate in, so if you have any ideas you would like to share, please do.

I wanted to start this 6 minute challenge because I often see that people like to track how much time it takes to write something or how much they can write in a certain amount of time.

Please leave feedback.

We will see if everyone like this challenge as it is a little different than many out there, with the time limit.

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.

“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/

“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. *Feel free to leave your work completely unedited. I believe it is good to see, especially for new writers, that even very seasoned writers don’t write a perfect first draft.*
  6. Have fun, challenge yourself if you’d like, read and respond to others’ posts.
  7. 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: