Last week I talked about the benefits of writing seasonal stories and yesterday I highlighted a seasonal story over at Six Sentences. Today I’m combining the two, for today’s prompt:
Write A January Story In Six Sentences
Your story should have something to do with “January”.
It might be set in the month, have something to do with the Roman god Janus (after whom the month was named), or feature a character named January.
Don’t forget that your experience of January is different from that of many others. (hint: even the weather is different in the other hemisphere.)
For New Year over at Six Sentences they’ve posted a New Year themed story.
It doesn’t tackle a particularly novel topic (a New Year’s story about resolutions? Shock!), and it’s not very long (six sentences!) and yet it manages to say a lot and stay fresh.
It’s a great example of how restrictions in length, topic or form, can help transform your writing.
This week’s prompt comes with a built-in market to submit your work to after you’re finished: Six Sentences. I subscribe to their daily stories by email and I often find it inspiring to wake up to a micro-story written by someone else. Surely, my brain says to me, you could manage a story in six sentences today.
The challenge of course is that even (especially?) a six-sentence story has to have a beginning, a middle, a end, a clever idea, some action and (incredible, instantly) engaging characters. Micro-stories often have a twist to give them a kick, but they don’t have to – as today’s submission shows.
Write a story in six sentences.
You can do that, right?
- It’s probably best to emphasize only one feature (character or setting or action, or the twist) but all the other elements must be there too.
- Write fast, as fast as you can.
- Make sure your story travels from start to end: don’t just write a scene, make someone or something change between the first word and the last.
- You must write the story in one 24 hr period – the faster the better.
- This week, DON’T post the story in the comments — but do leave a comment saying you wrote something.
- Find something nice to say about someone else’s story and leave a comment. Everybody needs a little support!
Submit your story to Six Sentences!
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