Welcome to the 50-Word Challenge!
Here's the summary of last week's challenge entries and a new prompt for this week. First, you will find a weekly feature about the challenge, with tips for writing 50-word short stories.
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About the 50-word challenge
This challenge starts off each week with a one-word prompt. Participants use the prompt to create a micro-fiction story in just 50 words.
It wraps up in one week when I write a new post listing all the stories from the previous week, a few story highlights, and a new prompt. (Note: The deadline is technically Saturday, but there's a grace period until I get the new prompt posted, usually Sunday or Monday.)
So... just write 50 words? Is that it?
Writing a 50-word story is fun and challenging. The first time you do it, you will discover that it isn't easy to write a whole story in so few words. Ideally, your story will have some characters, a setting, a conflict, some action, and a resolution.
And it's not easy. That's why it's called a "challenge!"
Not every good micro-fiction story has all of those elements. But thinking about how to incorporate them into your stories as you write can really help. If there is no conflict, for example, you will probably find that your story seems to be missing something important.
Getting started with 50-word stories
Once the prompt post is posted, it's time to roll up your sleeves and have some fun. Your story can include the prompt word, or simply be inspired by it. Last week, for example, the prompt was "danger." We had quite a few stories that included dangerous situations, characters that perceive or experience danger, and danger signs. Everyone is inspired by the weekly prompt in a different way. (I personally did not include the word "danger" in my story.)
Believe it or not, the most important part of this challenge isn't hitting exactly 50 words. (Note: It's up to you whether you want to hit 50 words on the nose. I personally find it to be a fun exercise, and all of my stories are exactly 50 words, but you get to choose.) No, the most challenging part of this challenge is editing the story until it is just right — until every word counts, and the story has the meaning and impact you want.
So an important piece of advice is to sit down when you have a little time to work with your wording. You might write something that sounds interesting and feel like you're done. But you will almost always find that something amazing happens when you work with your story longer.
Is there a winner?
Nope! This is a challenge, not a contest. There are no winners.
But I do choose a few interesting and artful stories each week to highlight. I look for stories that are well-written, compelling to read, have correct use of grammar and punctuation, and follow the guidelines for proper use of images and attribution.
Last week's story collection
I’d like to welcome our newest contributors, @celsius100, @drahries, @fromage, @yimiipsa, @yoganarchista, and @diosarich. Thanks for joining the Fifty Worders!
Last week's prompt was “danger.”
Here is the complete list of stories inspired by the “danger” prompt:
- Just Like Daddy, by @ablaze
- Father and son, by @anixio
- Tears, by @purpledaisy57
- Danger: Never Taste the Like Of It, by @drahries
- For Them, by @anikekirsten
- The Bride, by @diosarich
- Plots for all, by @hlezama
- Wrong, by @esttyb
- The dires, by @theironfelix
- Danger, by @celsius100
- Just a Dream, by @alheath
- Dare to Live, by @pyemoney
- Danger, by @bryarose23
- Brain Damage, by @ahmadmanga
- The danger of the sea! by @felixgarciap
- You, by @olakunle10
- The Word, by @fromage
- Danger from a parental point of view, by @anonymummy
- Don't Look! by @anonymummy
- Merica, by @preparedwombat
- Coffee with Destiny, by @yimiipsa
- Escape, by @bex-dk
- DANGER, by @yoganarchista
- Danger, by @axdk
- King of the night, by @roxy-cat
- Committed, by @therosepatch
- Out of Danger, by @jasminearch
- Dangerous Liaisons, by @deirdyweirdy
- Hush, by @marlyncabrera
- Supercell, by @jayna
Highlights of the weekHere are a few stories that stood out to me this week as artful, poignant, and inspired.
There's absolutely no danger of her finding out about us, Deb assured him, as she slipped her lipstick furtively into the door pocket of his car. Evidently, his wife didn't make much use of the glove compartment, or she'd have discovered the earring Deb had surreptitiously stashed there last week.
The words 'danger: biohazard' illuminated the dark bunker. Another global riot alert popped up on her laptop, and she looked at her sleeping toddler.
Leaning over, she kissed the boy's forehead. “For you.”
These children deserved a peaceful world. This one was over.
She pressed the button, releasing the virus.
Bubba was the type who hung up when he got the “Press 1 for English” recording. Why should he bother with any other language?
He climbed over the fence not giving a damn about the sign.
¡Peligro, campo minado!
If it was important, they should have posted it in English.
We all laughed that day. It was nothing more than a clumsy trip on the stairs. His smile after the fall told us "It's okay." No injury was found. We laughed again. Foolishly remarked on how forgetful he was since. Unaware of the silently escalating danger. Ignorance isn't always bliss.
Alan fought against the orderlies holding him back. “Veronica, no!”
“You’re a danger to yourself.” She signed the forms then removed her sunglasses, revealing a black eye. “And to me.”
Alan stopped fighting. Had he done that? He hadn’t meant to.
He walked into the asylum. Maybe he was crazy.
Boys want to be like their Dads.
Danny was no different, so when he saw the cabinet unlocked, he seized the opportunity.
He held out the "toy", studying it.
Just as he squeezed the trigger, little Joshua ran in looking for his big brother.
Excellent work, everyone!
This week's 50-word story prompt
The prompt for this week is “lemon.” Have fun, 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 4th.
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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