PROMPTuesday #130: The Shorter the Better

This PROMPT is lifted entirely from here, and thanks to her sharing it with me, I am unabashedly using it today.


As you might have read if you followed the above link, this PROMPT’s challenge is to tell a whole story in 25 words or less as inspired by the six-word “novel” attributed to Ernest Hemingway, which was brilliantly written as: “For sale: baby shoes, never worn.”


So to recap:


Please tell a story in 25 words or less.


I know you can do it.


Here’s mine:


Where are you going? he asked.

I shut the door and adjusted the exhaust hose.

Nowhere, I mouthed through the closed window.


I know, I know. I’m a maudlin sort.


As for you: Please post your response in the comments or write about it on your blog and leave me the link.


First time to PROMPTuesday? Read a bit about it here. Want to see what’s been written in the past? Catch up on the PROMPTuesdays archive here.


(P.S. If I had all my dreams come true, Mo would come back for this one. He’s a genius storyteller, that one.)


18 Responses to “PROMPTuesday #130: The Shorter the Better”

  1. melissa says:

    this was an assignment in my creative writing class. it’s not so easy. i’m on it though.
    i’ll be back to link!!

  2. Whoa, yours is right on; I like maudlin.

    Will try and tell you if I’ve done it…

  3. I told him I had a bad feeling about the Mustang we’d just passed. Not a minute later, we heard SQUEAL, SKID, and then CRASH.

  4. Alright, I did one on my blog. And I would have copied & pasted it here but I’m lazy.

    But I did link to you :D

  5. Shana says:

    She meets the stranger’s gaze and in an instant a new life flashes before her eyes: love, home, babies, serenity, growing old, dying. Together. Always.

  6. debbie says:

    Waking up late, she didn’t check the weather channel. Running to the bus, it started to rain…she remembered her umbrella too late. Freakin’ Monday.

  7. Ooh…good one.

    “She got up one morning and took a long look around at the house, her husband, the pictures of children now moved out. She grabbed her bag and left.”

  8. The car stopped short. The passenger side door opened and a leg appeared briefly, before quickly retreating. “Wrong address”, she sighed. “Must get a GPS.”

    I am horrible at stuff like this. But thought I’d give it a go anyway.

  9. Mama Mary says:

    Oh, I really want to come up with something. Will think about it tonight. Love stuff like this but I don’t think my brain works right. (Was going to say right now but right is more accurate).

  10. Kylene says:

    I am not a writer but thought I’d have to at least try since I did suggest the prompt today… :)

    “He always stood for Peace yet earned a purple heart.

    War and Peace fought silently inside him for forty years.

    In the end, War won.”

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  12. jtcricket says:

    Your story makes me worry. But I know you’re great at fiction…right? So am I. Sort of. YOU be the judge:

  13. jtcricket says:

    Find my attempt on my page…

  14. jtcricket says:

    I am trying to comment and leave you a link to get to mine, but this isn’t working. aaarrrggghhh

  15. foolery says:

    Dude, I know it’s a day late, but I did it:

    It’s even more morbid than yours — I swear I didn’t know! I wrote mine before I read yours, really!

    Thanks — that was fun. :)

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