Short stories - flash, micro, txt - are all the rage at the moment - perhaps because we all have the attention span of a goldfish. The best ones are tiny but perfectly formed and definitely not as easy as they look.
Ernest Hemingway said that his best piece of writing was a six word story - 'For sale: baby shoes. Never worn.'
Ellie recently blogged some excellent links to Teeny Weeny Writing Competitions but as usual I struggle to juggle the right words in the right order. I've come up with a couple of six word stories, but am more comfortable with 150 characters (SMS-length) or a luxurious 50 words (micro length). But 500 words+ is much, much easier.
- Bones beneath the ocean. Tyrannosaurus wrecks?
- Been there. Done that. Investigation continues.
- Opening the bandages – it’s like Christmas
- Noah at Tesco’s: Two-for-one.
- Human skins – prized for their tattoos
- Postman’s wardrobe. Strangers’ valentines. Unopened.
- One heart. Slightly used. Unwanted gift
- Singing nanny. Free to good home.
- Buttons undone. Another Cinderella / pumpkin scenario?
- Mirror signal manoeuvre. One more test…
Alright, all you clever bunnies. It's over to you now...
Tomorrow - the shortest poems in the world... and I don't mean Haiku