Monday, January 7, 2013

Micro Fiction Challenge

Hello Everyone! 

I normally write flash fiction stories that are 1000 words or less. Recently,  I was challenged to try my hand at "micro fiction", which I understand is usually 100 to 200 words or less, although as with flash fiction, there is no "industry standard", as there are varying word counts that qualify as "micro fiction".

Apparently, there is also a market for even shorter fiction stories, such as "Six Word" stories, and "50 Words Exactly" micro-fiction.

Today, I have attempted my very first "50 Words Exactly" micro-fiction. I must admit, it is harder than I thought it would be, and took a little longer than I'd imagined. It isn't something that I plan to do on a regular basis, but as a writer, it's always good to try new things, and it did give my creativity a kick-start. 

I suppose I will dabble a bit with micro-fiction, but the main idea behind this particular blog is a much longer story, and that will be my primary focus. But don't be surprised if you see a micro story pop up now and again.

So, here it is, in all it's succinct glory. I hope that you enjoy it!


Deirdre stood in the icy rain and watched as Matthew got into the taxi and rode away into the night and out of her life; forever. An hour ago, they had been in bed together. Then she'd told him the truth. She wished she had lied. Lies are always better.

©2013 Garden Summerland


  1. With so little words, you still said a lot.

    It's an interesting change.

    1. It's my first one ever! I think I may try the Twitter friendly "140 or less" micro-fiction next. It truly IS challenging!
      But I am definitely going to continue my "normal" flash fiction writing here!!

      Thank you for reading & commenting ~ it's always appreciated!!

  2. It's very hard to tell a story in just a few lines, but you sure did it well! I've tried it before - I may need to give it another shot. It can be a fun challenge!

    1. Thank you Sheila!! That means a lot coming from you! And you should definitely do it again... it is surprisingly difficult, and gets your brain WORKING hard to be so very concise! Have fun with it!

  3. Hi, Garden. I usually don't like the flash stuff. I need a bit more meat and potatoes. Having said that, I agree with the previous comments: you really have said much here with this piece. You really showed so much in such a short time. Well done.
    Have a good week!


    1. Thank you James! I am glad you liked it! And I appreciate your readership, most especially since flash isn't your cup of tea!!! ;)