Simply 6 Minutes Writing Challenge – The Beach

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It was a moment between time. Before the day began. Before the crowds descended. Or, after the alarm had been called – tsunami warning? Call to prayer?

I stood there; caught. My imagination running wild.  Where could everyone have gone?

I’d landed my dinghy on this beach. My friend and I had set out early to explore the islands. We thought to grab a drink, perhaps a meal. But now; was that possible?

Looking around, we could see no person. Hear, no sound. Smell, no food cooking. There was water washing onto sand. Birds screeching above us. Sand underfoot. We were alone. And wondering.

I asked my friend, “what should we do?”

“Run?” He shrugged his shoulders. “Take a look-see?”

“I don’t know. This is too weird!”

We stood, indecision paralysing.

And then; the scream!

(134 words)

  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.

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