I love a good writing challenge, especially when it concerns brevity. Five Sentence Fiction is just that: “write a five sentence story based on the prompt word.” The challenge is hosted weekly by Lillie McFerrin. The word of this week is Fearless.
There is no word count limit, nor does there seem to be any restriction on sentence length (proper grammar notwithstanding). I can stretch a sentence, though I’ve yet to try to confuse anyone as much as James Joyce with Molly Bloom’s two-page, two-sentence monologue in Ulysses.
She packed boxes in the morning, unpacked them in the evening, and repacked them again overnight, all the while wondering if she should even be packing boxes at all. She went grocery shopping to consult with lawyers, changing clothes in law office parking lots, narrowly remembering the milk she went for. She called shelters from a throw-away phone while sitting on the side of the road hoping one would have space soon, using advocates to build her strength. She kept her resolve. She worked diligently, carefully, covertly to get herself in a position to escape at the first moment she could, but wondered what she was thinking, what she was doing; wondered if she was right, if she could do it, if she could make it, if he would figure it out and kill her.
Five sentences – can you do it? Why not try! When you’re finished, add your story to the Linky link, and read and enjoy other’s five sentence stories.
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