While the definitions for ‘short stories’ vary greatly, perhaps none is as restrictive as one of the newer forms, Twitterature. Named after its inspiration, Twitterature is a word splice of ‘Twitter’ and ‘Literature.’ The main goal of Twitterature is to tell an entire story within only 140 characters (spaces and punctuation count!). While this may seem to be a daunting task, this type of short story relies heavily on an expansive vocabulary, a thorough understanding of word connotation and denotation, and creative wordplay. With stories this short, you may find that there are no opportunities to develop characters or provide a depth to plot. Instead, these stories function by beginning in medias res, or in the beginning of things. Conflict is generally central to the idea of Twitterature, and oftentimes, there may be no concrete resolution. Regardless of length, resonance – or the ability of a story to stick with you – is still able to be achieved! Feel free to create your own Twitterature thread below. Have your Topic Title be the title of your story, and don’t go over 140 characters! The challenge is on!
Dribble is a highly restrictive form of Creative and Concise writing. Where Twitterature uses only 140 total characters, Dribble allows for up to 50 words. With only 50 words, you must be direct in your story, utilizing only precise vocabulary and necessary story elements; there is generally not enough time to include traditional story elements. In many cases, you will have the allusion to a character, but development and description are left out. Feel free to create your own Dribble in a thread below, having your topic title be the title of your piece!
While some short stories can range in excess of 5000 words, Drabble is a bit more restrictive. When writing Drabble, you only have up to 100 words. With 100 words, a skilled writer will use a pointed vocabulary, cutting down on superfluous words. Punctuation, if used skillfully, can play a huge roll, altering meaning and allowing for inference. Characters may earn names in Drabble, but they do not have to. There should be definite resonance - the ability of a story to stick with you - and the Drabble can also have a bit of character development. Generally, to increase drama, authors will begin in medias res - in the middle of things - in order to spend the maximum amount of time with the conflict and possible resolution. In most Drabble, the resolutions have a heavy impact or a cliffhanger which is used to flesh out resonance.
At Creative and Concise, our Flash Fiction goal is to use only 500 words, total. Flash Fiction is one of the most widely known forms of Short Stories, and is a challenge without being too restrictive. Generally about one page in length, Flash Fiction allows for the quick establishment of setting, other basic plot elements, and a much more in-depth character development. Through the use of precise vocabulary and sensory imagery, in 500 words, an author is able to create a definite resonance - the ability of a story to stick with you. Please feel free to create your own Flash Fiction in a thread below, being sure to title your piece by using the Topic Title area. The Challenge is on!
In this forum, Creative and Concise is welcoming any and all Short Stories. Here, we plan on allowing a maximum of 3,000 word short stories, all while encouraging feedback, constructive criticism, and support for our artists. In 3,000 words, an author is able to establish, sometimes multiple, characters, including traits and descriptions. There is also the ability to integrate an evolving plot-line which will have all the ups and downs that readers have come to love. Conflicts should alight the senses, vocabulary should steer the story, inferential meaning can tantalize the audience, and messages should resonate profoundly. Let's Get CreCo!
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