Saturday, 8 May 2010

Super Short Fiction

For those interested in writing fiction a good way to start is by writing Super Short Stories. These are also known as Drabble Fiction.

They are basically short stories with only one hundred words. Although this may sound easy, trust me, getting them right is tricky. However, they do have the advantage of being short; both for the writer and the reader. You can then expand on them later if you wish.

As an example, here is one of mine:

His hand reaches for the handle. The backdoor is unlocked. He smiles and enters the house, gently easing the door shut behind. He tiptoes through the kitchen and then the dining room and into the hallway.

He stops to listen.

She's in the lounge.

He opens the door, just a fraction; enough to slip through. He sees her. She's sitting in a chair. Her eyes are closed; her breathing gentle.

He's almost upon her. She still hasn't heard him. He reaches out his hands and then ... she grabs him.

"Ah, Mom," he laughs, "How'd you know I was here?"

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