Fifty-word short story challenge - story round-up and new prompt
Welcome to the 50-word short story challenge, where each week micro-fiction authors rise to the challenge to write a short story in just 50 words. This post provides some tips for writing micro-fiction, a review of last week's 50-word stories, some highlights of the week, and a new prompt for the coming week.
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Micro-fiction writing workshop
Writing micro-fiction is a fun and challenging way to practice tightening your writing and making every word count.
How do you write a 50-word story?
There is no one right way. But it might help you to follow some basic steps:
- Study the prompt and think about its meanings. Last week, for example, the prompt word was "money." Money has so many implications, and the Fifty Worders explored many themes -- from cryptocurrency topics to people not having enough money to money used as a vehicle for a deadly toxin.
- Draft your story. Just write the story that comes to mind. Once you have words written down, you have something to work with.
- Edit the story to get it just right. Make sure the story has a story line and at least one character. Make sure it has an impact for the reader. Swap out words that don't work well, or that don't feel meaningful, and swap in better, stronger words.
- Make sure that it came to 50 words exactly.
- Find an image that represents what you want to convey. (Note: An alternative method is to start with an image that represents the prompt word. That also works well.)
- If you like, add a "backstory." For example, this could be information clarifying the impetus behind the story, such as a real event in your life, an historical event, or thoughts about the theme of the story. For example, in my story this past week, "One for the money," I shared some thoughts about the complex issues that families can experience because of money.
Last week's story collectionI’d like to welcome our newest contributors, @aleli, @anutu, @aresbon, @emergehealthier, @erh.germany, @four20, @marciabon, and @yeceniacarolina. Thanks for joining the Fifty Worders!
Here is the complete list of stories inspired by last week's “money” prompt:
- The Mill, by @erh.germany
- The Blue Balcony, by @anutu
- A greenback foundation, by @theironfelix
- Beneath the Oak, by @ablaze
- The Art of the Deal, by @preparedwombat
- Better than Money, by @hlezama
- It can change your mood, by @steemitdiversity
- Please try later! by @felixgarciap
- Unexpected Blessings, by @purpledaisy57
- Sold Souls, by @botefarm
- A Toy for Heaven, by @therosepatch
- Look Who's Loved, by @pyemoney
- Your Money's No Good Here, by @creatr
- The escape, by @yeceniacarolina
- The murder of Hamilton, by @marciabon
- The money tree, by @aresbon
- Query, by @aleli
- Lady of the Night, by @alheath
- Free Entry, by @kaelci
- Spare Change, by @foragingquietude
- Cash Only, by @vdux
- Modern Wastrel, by @bex-dk
- A Penny for your Thoughts, by @emergehealthier
- Money Can Buy You Love, by @four20
- 10,000 feet & $200,000, by @intothewild
- One for the money, by @jayna
Highlights of the weekEach week I highlight a few intriguing stories from the previous week's collection that I hope will inspire current and new Fifty Worders. There were so many great stories this week, I really struggled to choose just a few highlights. To do so, I went with a theme — poignant, touching, heart-wrenching and uplifting stories about money. But there were so many more!
“Not enough, kid.” The clerk pushed the money to the edge of the counter.
Bobby clutched the stuffed rabbit. His baby sister was born too small. She needed a toy to play with in Heaven.
He dropped the rabbit and left. He would give her one of his soldiers instead.
Boy Jeremy stood on the blue balcony, when grandfather visited. „What will you do with the money I gave you for your piggybank?“
„Mom works hard and barely has time for me. With money I can buy one day with her. With money I can buy everything!“
Trembling, eight year old Sally extended her fist. The box at her feet held a kitten with a broken foot, mewling pitiably.
Sally opened her hand slowly, revealing a quarter and two dimes.
"Can you fix Mindy's paw?"
Vet Parker picked up the box.
"Sweetheart, your money's no good here."
"What is life about?" The girl asked.
The young man didn’t know how to answer the question. His life was full of work, no luxury, no rest. His employers were only seeking one thing: money; but she was too small to know the truth. Therefore, he said “fun” smiling kindly.
Free Entry, by @kaelciIn this touching story, the author shares the anguish a child feels when something wonderful is off limits.
Lights, colours, laughter! It looked so much fun! Tugging at her mother's skirt, Alexandria pointed.
"Sorry, hon... not enough money; next time."
This was the seventh 'next time', she had counted. Her tears welled as she was dragged away. One day, she would build her own funpark! With free entry.
The table collapses under the accumulation of ransom.
And still the flow of gold into the room continues. More than a horse could carry. Maybe more than an elephant could carry, if we’d brought one on the galleons.
What a naïve fool this man is, thinking we’ll let him live.
Excellent work, everyone!
This week's 50-word story prompt
The prompt for this week is “water.” I look forward to reading your stories, Fifty Worders!
Please review carefully. Images must follow the Proper use of images guidelines below.
- Write a story in 50 words. (It's especially cool if you can hit 50 words exactly!)
- Use the #fiftywords tag, and post the link in the comments of this post.
- Be sure to read and upvote the work of the other participants. It's all about community!
- Use only artwork that you have the right to use, and attribute it properly. See the following guidelines.
Proper use of imagesProper use of images means one of the following:
- The image is public domain, or under creative commons licensing rules.
- It is your own image.
- If it is not one of the above, you must have actual permission.
I have two resources for you, from my friends at @thewritersblock:
Deadline for this week: Saturday, September 8th. (With a grace period until the new prompt is published.)
The 50-word story clan
I'm mentioning you here if have participated in the #fiftywords short story challenge in the past. Please let me know if you would like your tag removed in this or future posts. (Note that I do trim the list. Those who have not participated for a long time or are not active on Steemit will eventually drop from the mentions.)
Thanks so much for reading! I hope you try the 50-word challenge. It's so fun to see what can unfold in a mere 50 words!
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