Shortest of Tales Collection, Tale One: Once there was a Man

Writing 101: Day Thirteen: Play with word count
Shortest of Tales Collection presents: Around 50-Word Stories or So

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“A short story is something that you can hold in your mind. You can really analyze how the entire thing works, like a machine” Chuck Palahniuk

Shortest of Tales Collection, Tale One: Once there was a Man

Once there was a man
Who did not understand
That the greatest of plans
Was already in his hands

So he went around town
Looking for his crown
His face in a big frown
Feelings of letting down

But when he saw a beggar
With the biggest smile ever
He suddenly turned around
And his smile finally found

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Shortest of Tales Collection, Tale Three: Could it be?

Writing 101: Day Thirteen: Play with word count
Shortest of Tales Collection presents: Around 50-Word Stories or So

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“A short story is something that you can hold in your mind. You can really analyze how the entire thing works, like a machine” Chuck Palahniuk

Shortest of Tales Collection, Tale Three: Could it be?

Could it be?
Can you see?
Is it true?
Who knew!

So what if it is
This wasn’t a quiz
It’s no one’s biz
If we go to the Ritz

Never mind
I’ll be fine
I got a dime
Let it chime

Out on the street
Dancing to the beat
Life oh so sweet
Oh what a treat

The lesson learnt
Don’t get burnt
Even if you weren’t
Dance ’till you aren’t

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Shortest of Tales Collection, Tale Two: The White Cat in a Hat

Writing 101: Day Thirteen: Play with word count
Shortest of Tales Collection presents: Around 50-Word Stories or So

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“A short story is something that you can hold in your mind. You can really analyze how the entire thing works, like a machine” Chuck Palahniuk

Shortest of Tales Collection, Tale Two: The White Cat in a Hat

The little white cat
With a black hat
Was taking a nap
On the kitchen mat

Her tail all curled
As she softly purred
Oblivious to the world
As it around her whirled

Something made her stir
Looking up with a stare
Straight up stood her fur
As she took off in a blur

The hat off tore
Landed on the floor
The cat was out the door
Heard was a loud roar

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Writing 101: Day Thirteen: Play with word count

Writing 101: Day Thirteen: Play with word count

On days when you feel stuck and aren’t sure how to write a post, it might well be that your topic and content are solid, but your approach needs tweaking. Have you tried experimenting with word count?

In today’s post, pay attention to the total length of your post: if you usually write posts under 500 words, aim for longer. If you tend to write a lot, be succinct. For those who’d like to aim for a specific word count, here are ideas:

Write a 50-word story (or, if you feel daring, a series of 50-word stories). Get inspired by the tiny tales at 50-Word Stories.

Take a look at some 100-word stories at 100 Word Story, or this Reader’s Digest list of winning 100-Word True Stories, then take a stab at your own. Your first attempt at flash fiction? Your last vacation? A fleeting encounter at the grocery store?

Pick a previously published longer post you’d like to pare down. Keep it at 750 words or less, like the essays at Brevity, a site of concise creative nonfiction.

Want to go long? Expand on an existing post. Search your drafts that are thematically similar and see if you can merge parts of each. Or, combine two or more published posts into one longform piece, made up of multiple pages or sections divided by subheads or graphic elements.

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“Writing is an exploration. You start from nothing and learn as you go” E. L. Doctorow

Writing 101: Day Thirteen: Play with word count

Write a 50-word story (or, if you feel daring, a series of 50-word stories). Get inspired by the tiny tales at 50-Word Stories…

Please find links to my posts of the same:

Shortest of Tales Collection, Tale One: Once there was a Man

Shortest of Tales Collection, Tale Two: The White Cat in a Hat

Shortest of Tales Collection, Tale Three: Could it be?

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Wednesday, 18th of November, Part Two

In honour of the month November
&
Ordinary Days: A one week series with ordinary day photos and happenings (if any 😉 )
&
Photography and Poetry
&
Posted in response to The Clinic-Photo Rehab hosted by Lucile De Godoy

 

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“Last Wednesday, I stupidly dropped my iPhone in the bath, and my life has sort of spiraled almost out of control” Patrick Stewart

Wednesday, 18th of November, Part Two

Today, Wednesday

Really early morning
I woke up
Showered
Looked out the window
It was getting lighter
Sunrise!
Snapped a few pics

Drove to the office
The sunrise in full
Hurried to the pier
Snapped a few pics

Worked, worked, worked
Had a lunch break
In the late afternoon
Had great food
Snapped a few pics

Worked some more
Had a coffee break
And had a…
Few more cups of coffee
Snapped a few pics
Of the coffee that is

Working day ended
It was really dark outside
The decor was nicely lit
Snapped a few pics

Drove back home
Posted some blogs
Went to sleep
Dreaming of tomorrow

It will be Thursday…

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Wednesday, 18th of November, Part One

In honour of the month November
&
Ordinary Days: A one week series with ordinary day photos and happenings (if any 😉 )
&
Photography and Poetry
&
Posted in response to The Clinic-Photo Rehab hosted by Lucile De Godoy

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“Last Wednesday, I stupidly dropped my iPhone in the bath, and my life has sort of spiraled almost out of control” Patrick Stewart

Wednesday, 18th of November, Part One

 Today, Wednesday

Really early morning
I woke up
Showered
Looked out the window
It was getting lighter
Sunrise!
Snapped a few pics

Drove to the office
The sunrise in full
Hurried to the pier
Snapped a few pics

Worked, worked, worked
Had a lunch break
In the late afternoon
Had great food
Snapped a few pics

Worked some more
Had a coffee break
And had a…
Few more cups of coffee
Snapped a few pics
Of the coffee that is

Working day ended
It was really dark outside
The decor was nicely lit
Snapped a few pics

Drove back home
Posted some blogs
Went to sleep
Dreaming of tomorrow

It will be Thursday…

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Photo Challenge by SYLVAIN LANDRY

A response to Sylvain’s challenge theme of “Bleu Blanc Rouge
SL-WEEK 20: Bleu Blanc Rouge

In honour of the brave French people and to their courage to keep on living

 

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“Don’t pray for Paris, Be Free !”

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Bleu Blanc Rouge
No time to sing the blues
It is the time to choose
Freedom

Blue, White, Red
The colours for which
So many have bled
Freedom

The three coloured symbol
In its presence we feel humble
Even though very simple
We can only think of
Freedom

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