Fiction Stories in 50 Words: Can You Do It?Sunday, October 11, 2015
Do you think you can write a fiction story in 50 Words? I'm talking, exactly 50 words. No more, no less. That's less than a paragraph.
I think it can be done.
So how does this work?
Go back to the basics. You need 1) Exposition 2) Climax 3) Resolution. You need a landscape and some sort of characterization. Make sure you focus on one thing — you can't try to tell too much. But if you can write one succinct story in 50 words, then you are tightening your mastery of language and storytelling which will help with longer stories!
Writing 50 Word Stories becomes a great writing drill because it helps you pay close attention to diction, word choice and specific details. I've been recently in love with this style so I've tried my hand at it.
He put his hand in the fire for me. He was in the parlor with my father, his uncle.
“Let me see her for as long as my hand is in the flame!” he declared, making quite an impression. I heard him across the house.
But father sent him away.
[THIS IS A TRUE STORY! NERDING OUT!! It's also the basis for my short fiction piece on Vincent Van Gogh entitled "Ex Nihilo" which tells about his descent into madness as he copes with unrequited love.]
It is there in a parlor, in a white house with white walls, for a party.
The hostess cuts slices.
You don’t like the taste but still eat it, smiling, since you know you are watched, and you’d rather not die over cake.
He knew the words were his. His hand could still retrace them.
“You are my body and soul; you are all love divine; you are a muse to me; you alone are mine.”
He trembled and bought her book. She had printed every letter, and he re-read every word.
Do you think you can do it?