Monday, November 14, 2016

Victory: 100 Word Fiction

Writing stories is my passion. It gives me a high just diving into a parallel world where I can create new characters and make them sing and dance to my tunes. I have tried all forms of fiction writing till now. Short stories, flash fictions, five-sentence-fiction, novella, novel. But I think I haven’t challenged myself to write a story in 100 words. That is what I am attempting to do today.

Did you know that the most famous and shortest story ever written was supposedly created by Ernest Hemingway? He had bet that he could tell an entire story in just six words. He had written it on a napkin and won the wager (ten dollars) he’d made with other writer friends. Check it out here:

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Quoting from the authors of the book ‘Elements of Style’ which is a must have for any writer.

“Vigorous writing is concise. A sentence should contain no unnecessary words, a paragraph no unnecessary sentences, for the same reason that a drawing should have no unnecessary lines and a machine no unnecessary parts. This requires not that the writer makes all his sentences short, or that he avoid all detail and treat his subject only in outline, but that every word tell.”
---William Strunk and EB White

Another one of my favorite quote about writing is the creator of the masterpiece ‘The Prince’:

“Perfection is not when there is no more to add, but no more to take away.”
--- Antoine de Saint Exupéry

Now let me take you to my submission for this week’s #FridayFotoFiction being hosted by Tina Basu and Sirimiri.

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My jogging- app says I have completed my monthly challenge. I am elated for another reason as I walk towards the familiar dilapidated building.
A dead woman, a sobbing toddler trying to wake her up and a man shouting expletives. Scenes from a nightmare that haunts me every single day.
The soul of my birth mother wanders here, adrift in grief. A breeze caresses my cheeks.
“I have made him pay. Rest in peace, ma,” I whisper.
 I throw the newspaper which carries news of my victory into the house.
“Man found guilty of wife’s murder twenty years ago.”

Word count: 99

Tina Basu


  1. This blew me away! Awesome story, Preethi!

    Watch out for the Winner announcement for #FridayFotoFiction Week 2, and the #PhotoPrompt for Week 3 this Thursday.

  2. That is a very touching story Preethi. I feel good that the man has been punished. Better late than never. Thank you for linking up.

    1. It was a pleasure writing for the prompt. Thank you :)

  3. Wow! That's one twist I didn't see coming.

  4. Worth a reread. And then another reread. And a while later, another one. That's all I'm gonna say.