Writing Prompt Wednesday: 100 Words of Your Own

So, I’ve just written a bunch of 100 word stories…now I think it’s your turn.

Your assignment, should you choose to accept it: write a 100 word story of your own. It doesn’t have to be great. This process is just to play.

Put your results in the comments section, or share a link to your own blog/website. Can’t wait to read what you come up with!

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Jenny writes dark fiction that her mother hates. Her stories and essays have appeared in Across the Margin, Pantheon, Shimmer, Black Denim Lit, Skive, and others. When she’s not writing her own stuff, she’s reading mysteries for Criminal Element. When she’s not writing fiction or reviews, she’s writing/directing/performing/designing plays at Springs Ensemble Theatre.

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  1. I’ve followed your 365 recently, with pleasure. I might try this; is there a closing date? Meanwhile, here’s a little shorter one written originally for Paragraph Planet (so, rules, 75 words, inc title) and ‘performed’ at Ilkley Literature Festival ‘Fringe’ last year:

    Playing the trout

    In the hot June sun, the fly arches towards a cooler spot, suspended for a moment then alighting, still yet ominous. Only the midges bite, swooping again and again on bare skin.
    The daisies behind smile at the sun, a white army, each one bearing his golden shield.
    Buttercups spread their delicious gold.
    No rod here, no hook with barb nor tortured fish.
    Just Schubert’s quintet, spilling with joy from an iPad.

    • No closing date! I will always be interested in what people want to share. Thanks for this one — I like the dreaminess of it. (I also just finished directing a play about classical music, so the musical aspect is appreciated as well)

  2. Loved reading your stories all year! Amazed you could maintain such a high level of story…here’s mine:

    “Sorry to keep you waiting so long,” Patricia said to her guests, The steaming pork roast held awkwardly in her arms like a demon baby.

    Hosting dinner parties was so much easier with Frank.

    Patricia would do the shopping and chopping; Frank was a master of the spice. “The Seasoning King” she’d used to call him. He knew how to handle meat. How to pulverize, how to marinate. Patricia couldn’t tell the difference between the various cuts. How was a slab of beef different than a side of beef?

    She’d been vegetarian for 20 years. Only cheated once during 10 years of marriage. On their honeymoon in Italy. Prosciutto.

    Frank told her over dinner at Pescatore’s after they’d ordered. Had left before the food arrived. She’s eaten meat every day since.

      • Now maybe I’m taking this a little over the top. Forgive me, I’m a horror writer. But is there a possible connection with the strange looking roast, cheating, and Frank’s disappearance? That would definitely make sense as to why she’d eaten meat ever since…Yes, I am crazy 🙂

      • I love this horror story interpretation! That’s one benefit of keeping it to 100(ish) words – the reader gets to fill in the rest. The original was a bit longer and I took it as a challenge to tell the story in a third of the words. The ex-husband is a large man and a jerk, and she does have an oversized freezer….so maybe….:)

      • Thanks! You are right that keeping the actual writing short allows for new ideas to bloom in the readers’ brains. Jenny comes up with some very cool ideas. I agree with everyone that her stories are fresh and powerful! One might think that the short word count would be limiting but, like poetry, it distills the feelings.

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