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The clock winked – Write on Wednesday

Write on Wednesdays is a creative writing challenge from Gill at Ink Paper Pen.Ā 

The Write On Wednesday Rules: Feel free to get creative with the writing exercises – there isn’t a right or wrong. Please do try to visit the other members of Write On Wednesdays and leave a comment. You can grab the button for Write On Wednesdays from my sidebar.

Write On Wednesdays Exercise 8 – The clock winked…Write the words “The clock winked” at the top of your page. Set a timer for 5 minutes. Write the first words that come into your head after the prompt. Stop when the buzzer rings. Do this exercise over and over if you wish. Write beyond 5 minutes if you like, you can link it up as an extra post.

The clock winked…

Rhiannon winked back.

“One hour?” The clock asked nervously.
Rhiannon nodded. “That’s all I need. I really appreciate this.”

“It feels wrong you know.” The clock muttered. “I’ll get a bad reputation”.
“Not as bad as I will!”

She slipped down the hallway, carefully turned the doorknob and stole away into the night. Leaving the clock nervously ticking away, hoping to avoid suspicion.

It wasn’t the first time the clock had played up at the request of a lovestruck teenage girl. Being the trusted timekeeper of St Marys for many a year had seen it hold the confidences of many a young girl at the boarding house. But times had changed, and in a world of digital tv and iPhones, it knew it must keep itself out of trouble if it wanted to stay on.

It looked around, cautiously, before ever so slowly starting to wind its hands backwards.

Out on the street, a young girl, dark ringlets slipping from her raincoat’s hood, cautiously moved from streetlight to streetlight. At the last one, she snuck a diamond ring from her pocket and twirled it on her finger.


11 thoughts on “The clock winked – Write on Wednesday

    • Hi Mary, there are 2 parts to this story, the second being ‘choose your own adventure’. They are exercises in creative writing but I may continue them in the future. Thanks for stopping by!

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  3. Yes, yes, yes! The clock as the main protagonist! I love it! I want to know if this is the clock’s story, or the girl’s or maybe both?

  4. Another fantastic piece from you. I think you are on a roll and seem to suit this style of writing. I’d really like to read more on this too. I love your first line: ‘Rhiannon winked back”. The added detail about the digital tvs and iPhones is good too. Great work. I hope you enjoyed this week’s prompt!


    • Thanks Gill, I did indeed! I think that many years of YA fiction and the recent re-reading of both Harry Potter and the Tomorrow series has re-ignited my interest in suspense.

    • You might be on the right track there. I had started to write a period piece, but then I decided to twist it into modern day. Now I’m trying to work out a way to explain the interaction with the clock without being a blatent Harry Potter rip-off.

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