New 50-word short story challenge!
Hello Fifty Worders and friends. Come on in and enjoy our fresh collection of 50-word short stories. In addition to the past week in review, you will find a weekly feature — a micro-fiction writing workshop — and a new challenge prompt.
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Mini writing workshop
Do you ever wish you could just snap your fingers and become a great writer? Me too. But of course we are dreaming. Writing takes practice and patience. The most seamless, beautiful fiction writing is achieved through the process of drafting the story, then spending ridiculous amounts of valuable time revising and editing instead of binge your favorite TV shows. It is not just about plot, character development and story line. Successful writing involves many things, not the least of which is the ability to work through clunky sentences and find better ways to say what you want to say.
The 50-word challenge is about that process. It's about going through the trial and error of writing, in the microcosm of 50 words. I mean, sure -- you could go write a novel and hope that it is publishing-worthy at the end. But that is kind of like running a marathon with no training. Writing stories in just 50 words is great training for whatever writing projects may be on the horizon.
Okay, let's survey the 50-word stories from last week.
Last week's story collection
It was a rough week, with the Hard Fork issues. Thank you to all who managed to participate!
Here is the complete list of stories inspired by last week's “if” prompt:
- I.F. (Fifty Word Story about Robot Torture or Something), by @caleblailmusik
- Order in the Court, by @creatr
- Miss "IF," by @botefarm
- Longing for Change, by @poetrybyjeremy
- Failure Is Not An Option, by @preparedwombat
- Another Lost Life, by @ahmadmanga
- The Door, by @goastrighter
- The Plan, by @gaby-crb
- Rat With Wings, by @alheath
- If only, by @theironfelix
- Accidental Apocalypse, by @bex-dk
- Pact, by @hlezama
- Morning After, by @deigoam
- Frivolous desires, by @roxy-cat
- Parting, by @deirdyweirdy
- Outsiders! by @felixgarciap
- Chastened, by @jayna
Highlights of the weekEach week I choose a few well-crafted stories from the previous week's entries to share as inspiration for us all. Enjoy this sampling from all the wonderful contributions from last week.
“About forty guards secure the property. Your contribution will be a disturbance just as the transfer starts. No bullets, or there won’t be enough pieces of us for a funeral.”
“And if they’re not drawn away from the package?”
“A representative of our benevolent organization will care for your widow.”
The congregation huddled together around the map. Toy soldiers were placed sporadically, with no immediate coordination.
If there was any doubt, now was the time to speak up.
A rhythmic knock at the door signalled the arrival of the leader.
There was no turning back now.
The war had begun.
The giant pigeon perched in the tree, casting a huge shadow over the farm. Branches creaked under the weight.
“Poop if you dare.” A green orb glowed in Mara’s trembling hand. “I will blast you into oblivion.”
It flew away.
“That’s what I thought.”
Diffusing her power, she returned indoors.
Jimmy fumbled with the heavy book above the open coffin. He recited the foreign words.@creatr went a little nuts with the prompt this past week, and I just had to share his handiwork. I haven't counted how many instances of "if" actually appear in this story, but I will hazard a guess of approximately 50.
The battered figure moved upon the pink silk then slowly crawled from the grave. "Feed. Must feed."
Jimmy had missed that part of the directions, but Jenny made do with the meager fare.
Judge Clifton—fiftyish, dignified, bifocals—stifles sniffles.
Prosecutor Jennifer: "Whose spliff?"
Fifteen Goniff Drifters testify; differing, modifying trifles.
Biff—shifty, lowlife grifter—falsifies ramifications, identifying Clifton's wife.
Mortified, beautifully coiffed Tiffany vilifies Biff. "Piffle!"
Horrified Riffraff shift vociferously.
Swiftly lifting his rifle, Sheriff Leif, spiffily uniformed bailiff, pacifies the crowd.
Great work, everyone!
This week's 50-word story prompt
The prompt for this week is “goodbye." Deadline for this week: Saturday, October 6th, with a grace period until the new prompt is published.
I look forward to reading your stories, Fifty Worders!
Please review and follow the guidelines for proper use of images.
- Write a story in 50 words. (Try to 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:
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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