Five words is a writercize that I post every so often where I give you five words to use in a poem or short story.
It is based on a writing prompt that my mom gave me when I was a young girl to help pass the time on airplanes and in cars, and to keep me in the educational mood during summers. She would write down a series of words in my notebook and encourage me to journal based on those words. It was not a creative fiction exercise at the time; the words were closely related to what we had done that day, but it stuck with me as a very useful exercise.
Take Five, today's writercize, takes the five words concept and twists it with a five minute time limit. I encourage you to go fictional, but if you are drawn to the words in a non-fiction or poetic way, go for it. The time limit puts the exercise squarely in a #FlashFiction state of mind.
For those unfamiliar with #FlashFiction, the net is rife with challenges and competitions on blogs that encourage bloggers and writers to write a short story with a quick turn-around.
Some use photo prompts, some specific words, some first sentences, or combination of the above. Some set a limit with minimum or maximum words and others with an instant time limit.
I host a weekend #FlashFiction here called #WeekendWritercize with rules that vary weekly (on hold until May 6 due to A to Z), but I highly recommend checking out any of the #FlashFiction challenges that follow today's writercize.
It is a fabulous way to write in community, get inspired by other bloggers and push your personal writing limits!
writercize: Write a poem or short story using all of the following five words:
There is no minimum or maximum word limit, but watch the clock and write quickly! Five minutes max.
More #FlashFiction Around the Web:
Weekends: Right Here Of Course! #WeekendWritercize @alanagarrigues
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Click "read more" for writercizer sample response.