This post was written in response to Sacha Black’s first weekly prompt for 2017.  52 weeks in 52 words.



Sacha will post one prompt a week for 52 weeks, and the challenge is to write a story in just 52  words exactly. Sounds like a fabulous idea. The value of conciseness for a writer is invaluable, as Sacha herself reminds us: ‘The art of being concise is nothing if not a muscle flexing ‘write’ bicep curling device’.

Today’s prompt is to include ‘The timer started’ somewhere in the text.

Here’s my take, a very seasonal and very personal one.

I’m getting rid of all the surplus stuff, no more whining.

This is my one and only resolution for 2017.


The timer started.

New year.

New resolutions.

New hopes.

New challenges.

Ready, steady, go!

How many?

 Just one.  

Keep writing.

Novels, blog posts, tweets, flash fiction, fiction challenges, poetry,

Emails, messages, postcards, letters, short stories, notes,

Words and more words.

Because when I stop writing,

My timer will have stopped.

The end.



Thank you for the prompt and for the challenge, Sacha.!

If you want to take part, here’s more information about the challenge.



About LucciaGray

Writer, blogger, teacher, reader and lover of words wherever they are. Author of The Eyre Hall Trilogy, the breathtaking sequel to Jane Eyre. Luccia lives in sunny Spain, but her heart's in Victorian London.

Posted on January 9, 2017, in 52 Weeks in 52 Words, Blog and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 10 Comments.

  1. Nicely done, very succinct.

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  2. Awesome entry, thanks so much Luccia, I agree too! When I stop writing my timer will have stopped :p

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  3. Yes! Writing until the timer stops too. Love this.

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