The term “flash fiction” is used to describe a writing prompt in which people are challenged to write a story using very few words. It may have been inspired by the six-word story “For sale: baby shoes, never worn.” ascribed to Ernest Hemingway. Still, “flash” connotes a story written quickly, while the word limit indicates brevity, and they don’t always go together well. Yesterday, Richard Wiseman posted a flash fiction prompt on Twitter.
Write a happy story in just 5 words ….. go!
— Richard Wiseman (@RichardWiseman) September 28, 2017
Now, you can write “They lived happily ever after,” but that’s not much of a story. The challenge is to write five words that will prompt the reader into filling in the blanks according to their understanding of the world, which results in a narrative. Wiseman got a ton of responses so far. Here are some of them.
She loved him. He knew.
The test came back negative
I just won the lottery.
SELLING: Baby shoes. Too small.
There were exactly zero corrections.
She is no longer hungry.
And the dinosaurs rose again.
Rain, music, bath, dinner, fire.
Her? Now? No! Really? YES!
And it started raining Chocolate
PhD done in three years!
And it finally stopped itching!
Mommy, Daddy, Santa Claus came!!!
Once upon a time, beer
Then Richard Wiseman retweeted me
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