Thursday, 21 June 2007

Tiny Story

Carl V's Tiny Story competition motivated me to complete a story or two. It was a good exercise for me: made me think about being consise, telling a story, flow, plot, rhythm, etc. I don't think I wrote any great stories but it gave my engines a kick-start. I'm getting into the mindset of fiction writing and I will continue to do it. It was also satisfying to beat down my own negativity and self-criticism to see a story to the end. Finishing something gave me a sense of achievement.

I leave you with my other Tiny Story, which I did not submit to the competition. Like I said, nothing great but I'd love to hear your advise and constructive criticisms if you'd like to comment. It's still very much a learning period for me. I've never completed a full story before, and never focused properly on writing stories, so I have no illusions nor ego about this. I'd just like to get started and if I get to actually finish a story eventually, that is an achievement in itself at this point. One other thing I really suck at is writing titles. So my titles really suck big time.

(Sorry if I'm a little incoherent today, chatting with and listening to an almost 8-yr-old while writing is really distracting).



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We Have Decided


Mathew wasn't sure what he must do now that their secret is in jeopardy.

Hiding's not an option and running, even crazier. So best thing would be: "Letting it out by my own hands. Yes."

Straightening from a defeated crouch, his shakey voice croaked, "Can't take this anymore. Let's go. Time to - save our world." Cackling with ironic laughter, decision made.

"How?" She whispered anxiously.

"I don't know."

Going through locked doors, leading toward hidden dark places, heartbeats growing louder, blood racing quicker, as they approach the room. Both headed onward resolutely. Two of them will face - whatever, everything, together.



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3 comments:

Chris said...

Wow! Great job...I'd love to read the official one if that's the one that didn't make it! Tiny stories were fun, but alot more challenging than I thought. I had to keep reworking mine over and over again. So hard to not re-use words. And 100 words is so short! I wasn't very happy with the story I submitted, but I didn't have time to submit a second one...so I had to settle for the first. Oh well...good luck!

aichaku-愛着 said...

Thanks Chris! :D Good luck to you too!!! Tiny stories are very challenging! I tend to ramble so it took alot of work to keep it short. LOL!

Nymeth said...

I like it a lot! I look forward to reading the official one when Carl posts them all.

I didn't have the time nor the energy to try for one, unfortunately, but I can imagine that, more than the word limits, not repeating words must be REALLY hard. The result of your effort is impressive!