It’s great discipline trying to write a story in 100 words – all those horrible fillers we are guilty of using (in order to etc.) have to be removed, which is the opposite of my other writing life where people ask for set numbers of words and I resort to fillers…
(Yup, when desperate I start writing out contractions in full.)
Anyway, on a Friday I practise “less is more” with a weekly 100-word story.
Nothing as Certain as Cheese and Taxes
Three things had changed Terry’s life that week.
First up was the discovery that cheese is really good for people’s longevity. He celebrated with a cheese omelette for breakfast, macaroni cheese and salad for lunch and ended his day with a huge pile of cheese and biscuits.
Secondly, a letter from the IRS announced the news that he’d overpaid his taxes for the last 10 years. Amazing!
Thirdly – and this was the killer – he decided to do a little cleaning up of his shop, Captive Born Reptiles.
He entered the python’s cage. Boy, it was mucky in there…
My inspiration was a couple of stories – one that cheese is good for you (excellent, excellent) and the other about a pet shop owner’s unfortunate cleaning experience.
If you enjoy writing flash fiction yourself, why not submit a story to the Friday flash fiction website or the Friday flash fiction WordPress account? This link will take you to the site and you’ll find the submission details there.