100 Word Stories

For this week’s published piece, I decided to go short, as in 100 words short. Grant Faulkner, executive director at NaNoWrimo, also spotlights as co-founder and editor of an online literary journal, 100 Word Story. After perusing the journal, I chose two pieces that caught my attention – “Abandonment” and “Royalty.” And since we’ll have less reading to do this week, why not try our hands at 100 words stories.  Mugsters, let’s share them at the next meeting!

Here are a couple questions for discussion:

1) Does it work to have a story told in only 100 words? What do you lose/What do you gain?

2) What specific tactics do the authors use to tell their stories in such limited space?

3) What was it like writing your own 100 word story?

 

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3 responses to “100 Word Stories

  1. Anthony C. Lanni

    Stories as short as this require different rules than we’re used to: character arcs, conflict, etc. all need to be established in just a couple of sentences and resolved just as quickly. You lose a lot of ‘fleshing out’, but gain (or at least practice) a different skill; being able to set things like that up concisely. That’s valuable in any length story.

    My 100 word story is an elaboration on an actual conversation, so for me it was simply a matter of writing down what happened and revising it until it fit into 100 words. Injecting humor into it wasn’t necessary, as that happened in the real conversation; but translating it into the written word was, as it always is with humor, somewhat challenging.

    Here’s my 100 word story.

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    Gullible

    “They got pictures of a giant squid,” I said. “Not even a giant: they’re only 8 feet. This one’s a monster.”

    “Like the kind that pulls down ships?” she asked. I see another opportunity.

    “Yeah. So big it can pull down oil tankers. They said it could pull down the Golden Gate Bridge it was so big.” That’s from an old movie, an image she’d have in her head. “They said they think there’s only one in the world, because of how much it would eat.”

    “Oh, my God,” she said. I laughed until she realized the truth. “Damn it!”

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