"As always," it says at NPR.org, "the stories had to be 600 words or fewer — fiction that can be read in roughly three minutes. This round, however, the stories had to include four words: 'plant,' 'button,' 'trick' and 'fly.' "
Hmmmm. . . (Which I do recognize is getting to be one of my favorite blog expressions. But I've decided that when one produces a daily blog, one is allowed some of those.)
When you think about it short, short fiction just might be the fiction writer's ultimate thrown gauntlet. You have to create that world and move those characters around in it, while simultaneously telling a story that carries a larger meaning -- all in 600 words. What a fun and festive challenge!
My take on the WMRA Community is that we're a hotbed of writers and wanna-be writers -- and by wanna-be writers, I mean those of you who are just waiting for the right nudge to start putting all those stories in your head down on the page.So, we at WMRA have decided to Be the Nudge.
Here are the rules:
- 600 words or less
- entirely original work by the author/submittor
- there are no other rules. We're not shameless copiers of NPR, after all. . .
The photographs of writers are meant to inspire you. After all, two of them live in the WMRA listening area. . .