Choosing – a 6 minute story

happy faceI had forgotten how wonderful it is to write, free and unfettered, against the clock. No time for editing. No time for self-doubt. And when it is done, it is done.

I heartily recommend the Six Minute Story site. Here you can:

  • limber up with a six minute burst of free writing,
  • try your hand at flash fiction,
  • develop your create-an-instant-story skills,
  • work from a selected prompt or from a random prompt,
  • read what others have written and comment if you want to.

You may choose a prompt and consider your story options in advance. But once you start typing, the clock starts ticking and you must continue until the time runs out. After 6 minutes, you are forced to stop. There is no second chance to add, edit or to tweak.

When its done, you can save your story and choose a Creative Commons License. Or – if you really want to – you can trash your story.

I prefer to pick a random prompt and I like to start writing without giving myself any time to think. I just see what happens and the only internal ‘editing’ I do is to try to bring the story to some sort of conclusion within the six minutes. Luckily I am a very fast typist.

Here is a link to my latest Six Minute Story: Choosing.


Author: Ruth Livingstone

Walker, writer, photographer, blogger, Doctor, woman, etc.

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