There is a site called Seedpod Publishing that will “publish” (push out on Twitter under their account) your 140 character piece of micro fiction.
The idea is based on Hemingway’s “saddest story ever written in 6 words”
“For sale: Baby shoes, never worn.”
And yes, for the record, that little story can bring tears to this mom’s eyes.
Last week we played around with anagrams of our name, how about this week we play around with a complete story in 140 characters or less. The only requirement is that you have to include your twitter username (for attribution) in your story. Mine is @wendyenthomas which cuts greatly into my word count, oh why wasn’t I named SueWest?
With only 140 characters, you’re going to have to put some thought into your story. It must have tension, convey a bit of a plot, and get readers interested. In short, it may not be as easy as it looks.
Some previous stories from Seedpod’s twitter feed are:
His wife: “And just what are we supposed to do with a used gondola now?” @darrencormier
“If only you were born one hundred years earlier,” my wife said, “you would have been fifty years ahead of your time.” @EvertAsberg
Old now, toes gnarled and deformed; it hurt to walk, but she had loved wearing stilettos. Pretty shoes came at a high price.@GayleBeveridge
And here’s my entry:
By buying the wrong brand of coffee, I knew that once again, my mother was wishing I’d never been born @wendyenthomas
So go ahead, try your hand at micro fiction and then send it off to Seedpod Publishing and let us know what happens. Who knows? Perhaps you’ll end up being a published micro fiction author, 140 characters at a time.
Wendy Thomas is an award winning journalist, columnist, and blogger who believes that taking challenges in life will always lead to goodness. She is the mother of 6 funny and creative kids and it is her goal to teach them through stories and lessons.
Wendy’s current project involves writing about her family’s experiences with chickens (yes, chickens).
And yup, you can bet 140 character stories are being added to my “get the juices going” exercises.
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