Fifty-word story challenge: story collection and new prompt
I'm late! I'm late! For a very important date!
Well okay, I'm actually just late in providing a new prompt for the 50-Word Challenge. But a little quote from Alice in Wonderland seemed like a fine way to start this post, as I fell down a rabbit hole this week. Figuratively, of course. I've been ramping up my fiction writing again. I had to take a bit of a hiatus because it was summer and I was traveling and busy with my teens out of school for the summer. Oh yes, and my full time job.
But as we all know, at some point, you must sweep all of your excuses and obstacles out of the way and write. I'm going to talk about that a bit more in the weekly writing workshop feature at the beginning of this post. At this moment I will share with you my excuse du jour, though. The rabbit hole I fell down was the writing of this story: Flying to the sun.
I will also share why I wrote that story. A contest. So there. If you have nothing else to keep you going when your excuses get in the way, think about writing for contests. They have requirements and deadlines, and maybe that is just what you need to stop living your mundane life and go down the writing rabbit hole. (Kidding! I'm sure your life is not mundane at all. Just don't pay attention to social media, because it will totally make you feel like you have a mundane life. I digress.)
Okay, let's roll. In this post, you'll find a summary of last week's challenge entries and a new prompt for this week.
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A mini writing workshop
Why do we write? Seriously. We have to ask ourselves that, don't we? Right now, I have a sore back and shoulders, and it's past midnight, and I have to work bright and early tomorrow, and I'm writing. Why?
It is the same reason, I believe, that mountain climbers must climb mountains, and storm chasers must chase storms. We may not be able to fully make sense of it, but we are just not happy people, we writers, unless we are writing.
But the excuses! Do we collect them, or do they prey upon us? I honestly don't know. There are far more reasons to not write than to write, though. I do know that.
Let's talk about writer's block and how this challenge can help you.
Why write 50-word stories?
Let's say you are staring at a blank page and it is so intimidating that you are wondering if you should pick a non-creative hobby instead. Like, collecting ceramic owls.
Many people have been fulfilled by collecting ceramic owls. You may be one of those people.
Or you may really want to write, and it just feels like a ridiculous exercise in futility some days.
Try writing short stories that are a total of 50 words. See if you can include at least one character with a problem, a few details about where they are in the world, and something about how they are changed by a decision, an interaction, or an event.
That's it! Then fix it up so the words really matter and the story is interesting to read. Count the words, and do some additional work on the story to get to the word limit. BAM. You wrote something.
After a few of these, you may just shake off the cobwebs. You might find that words come a little more easily, you don't feel like such an impostor, and you are actually having some fun. And sometimes, you might even develop an idea in the process that you want to work into a longer story.
Last week's story collection
I’d like to welcome our newest contributors, @rvag5, @haisa and @elbrujo. Thanks for joining the Fifty Worders!
Here is the complete list of stories inspired by last week's “pop” prompt:
- Famouns Seamus, by @ablaze
- Pop, by @thinknzombie
- POP MUSIC, by @olakunle10
- The Doctor, His Patient, and Her Difficult Parent, by @creatr
- Overcoming the past, by @roxy-cat
- POP, by @aleli
- Gone are the Days, by @dbzfan4awhile
- A good friend, by @rvag5
- A Popping Revenge, by @bex-dk
- Off-Track, by @alheath
- A final farewell, by @tuwore
- The Point of Truth, by @therosepatch
- POP, by @purpledaisy57
- Reflection, by @blueteddy
- Let us play "Olivia," by @marlyncabrera
- Great Expectations, by @anikekirsten
- February 1st - Article Four: Section One, by @damianjayclay
- Burst, by @vdux
- Drinkin' Pop, by @hlezama
- And never let me go, by @elbrujo
- We danced to exhaustion! by @felixgarciap
- Powder Gang, by @theironfelix
- Remembering Pop, by @pyemoney
- Pressure, by @haisa
- Forgiven, by @creatr
- Corn off the cob, by @jayna
Highlights of the weekHere are a few intriguing stories from last week's collection. My hope is that the stories I highlight each week will bring inspiration to us all — seasoned and new Fifty Worders, alike.
Johnny checked the wires again as he wanted to make sure everything will work as expected. He could not bear another failure. One last look to the old barn and he pushed the button. With a big pop, the building crumbled to the ground burying underneath all the bad memories.@bex-dk is one of our regular contributors who has much to say about her writing process. Check out the bonus info in her post.
"Hey, that's my soda." She glared at her brother.
He drained the glass. "Not anymore."
His nose would explode when her fist--
No, better not. He'd beat her to a pulp.
But she'd inherited Dad's brains.
Peeing in a water balloon was tricky, but her throwing aim was perfect.
Reflection, by @blueteddyThis story helps us to see the power of the human spirit to overcome, and to thrive.
The soap bubble drifted lazily into view and hung motionless in the air. It reflected the scene behind Lilly. She watched her parents fighting through the warped reality of the bubble's rainbow laced surface. When the bubble finally popped, she pretended that all the misery it captured disappeared with it.
Mood fountain poppling, synthpop playing, Physician Pope peers precipitously over pince-nez. The pretty popsy's epoptic joypoppinghas perilously depopulated hypophysial lipoproteins.
"Ve von't rehearse Poppet's past."
Pope parrys, unpopularly positing a populist apophthegm:
A breeze blows the cocäine off my hand. Shit. I snort it clean and take out the bottle of pills. Tipping my head, I pop one in and take a sip of water. I return to the graveside whilst blowing my nose. Pop’s coffin already buried. Bastard never waited.
The seemingly everlasting bond that kept Charles and Jennifer together had been dwindling lately.
‘Perhaps, this balloon ride over Paris could rekindle our love’ Charles thought. He opened a bottle of champagne. An overwhelmingly loud ‘pop’, shook them both.
Startled, they looked above, and held tight each other, once more.
Excellent work, everyone!
This week's 50-word story prompt
The prompt for this week is “forgive.” I'm sure you will take this in many directions, 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, August 18th. (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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