The Coin

This Monday I’m a bit nervous to admit that I have tried something new on my blog. The lovely Helen Braid has set herself a challenge. A challenge to write her novel organically across the summer, and she has opened up this challenge to other bloggers. You can read all about it here. So this Monday I am embracing that challenge and am offering this start to my novel for you all to read! I haven’t written anything fictional since I was at university which was a while ago now, so please be VERY honest in your comments! πŸ˜‰

The Coin

August 2010
The sea air was as refreshing as it was chilling. The escape was complete. Wiping a stray strand of her rusty red hair from her face, Megan stared at the waves crashing onto the rocks ahead of her. She felt eerily calm. The wild waves represented her release, her freedom. They were fierce and strong, characteristics that had got her to this place. They wore down the defenceless rocks that stood in their way. They were noisy, relentless and never ending.

She shivered, and took a deep cleansing breath. Her trusty car parked at the back of the hidden beach was full of almost everything she held dear and everything she would need for as long as the escape lasted. Megan had planned this meticulously and had only taken what was absolutely essential. Pulling her coat around her to protect from the bitingly cold wind she placed her hand in its pocket and grasped a coin tightly. She couldn’t have escaped without it. Grasping the coin so hard it dug into her palm, leaving a small indentation, Megan thought of all she had left behind. The coin absorbed what little warmth there was in her body and strangely comforted her. Everything that had led her here had started with that coin. So small and unassuming, yet so powerful.

You can read part 2 here.

I’m also linking this up with Jaime Oliver and #magicmoments as it’s pretty magical that I’ve finally got round to starting a novel!


25 thoughts on “The Coin

  1. Love the idea, love the hook, coin has me intrigued, just wondering whether it would be more powerful if you hit the reader with the coin earlier (not literally of course) in first few lines, perhaps, rather than focusing on the sea/rocks as meatphor. Look forward to reading more.

  2. I am so so impressed! i wouldn’t know where to star t writing a novel! You have a beauitful way with words honey.

    Thank you for sharing and linking up with #MagicMoments x

  3. Great start, very intriguing! Look forward to reading more. I haven’t written fiction since school! Used to be quite good at it, but would have no idea how to do it now.

  4. Absolutely and utterly LOVE it and I am off to read part 2 in a mo. I’m so pleased you’ve found your writing voice, I know how passionate you are about it. Thanks for linking to PoCoLo – and sorry for the delay in commenting! xx

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