Once Upon a Time Contest

22 May 2007

Carl says “write“. Challenge issued; a story in one hundred words. But– and here’s the problem– no repetition allowed. So let us begin…

Fingers strike keys. Hesitate. Erase. Start again…

More difficult than it first sounded. Quick, fumble for that thesaurus, what’s another way of saying happy? Content? Blissful? Jovial? Exultant? Maybe “on cloud nine”?? Nope, not working out. Hit delete. Repeat.

My muse must be on holiday. Rather than feeling any happiness I’m plagued; inspiration simply won’t come.

Damnations, still short! Quick count. Close now, wait. Think. Ponder even.

By Jove, I think… yes, I’ve succeeded (or possibly cheated).

That wasn’t my entry, just a bit of fun, but if you want to enter the slightly clearer rules are:

*Write a 100-word short-short story. Don’t use the same word twice (OK, we make an exception for contractions if you really really really have to, so don’t is don’t and do not is do not, but don’t abuse this as a cheat too much — see if you can work around it).

*The title does not count as part of your 100 words. But just to make it interesting, make sure your title contains unique words as well.

*It has to be a story, with a tiny bit of narrative flow.

*It doesn’t have to be in the realm of the fantastic, it can be about anything.

This is a proper contest, with prizes and celebrity judges and everything. So go, give it a lash.

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4 Responses

  1. Carl V. says:

    That was fun! And would be a fine entry. Can't wait to see what you come up with if that isn't your official entry! :)

  2. Scott says:

    :-) That's very clever. Was that the story or a warm-up?

  3. Fence says:

    I'm making no promises Carl :)

    Just a warm-up Scott.

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