Lesser Known Writing Challenges

If you’ve read my blog at all, you know that every week I participate in a writing group called Friday Fictioneers. It is a challenge to write a 100-word story around a photo prompt. I also often do a similar thing on Sundays, called Sunday Photo Fiction, run by Al Forbes.

These aren’t the only ones out there, by far. There are challenges to write 33-word stories, haibun (prose + haiku), even six-word stories. In that spirit, I have come up with some other writing challenges.

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1. Mono-words.

Write a complete story with conflict and plot development in one word.


The Time Billy Replaced All the Thanksgiving Candles with Firecrackers



2. The Little Word Challenge.

Write a story with words no longer than 3 letters.


My Pig Was Sad

I had a pig, Joe. Joe was sad. He saw me and my new gun. I put Joe and my new gun in my bag. We ran to the bus. At the end of the day, I ate ham. Joe was not a bad pig, but he’s not sad now. Now he’s a yum pig.


3. The Alphabet Trainers.

You must write a 26-word story, in alphabetical order by first letter.


A Beautiful Cat

A beautiful cat dodged Ernie’s fist.

“Gotcha!” he interjected joyously. “Kill little mice now!”

Ophelia proffered Quentin’s red sweater. “Tight underneath?”

“Very warm!” Xavier yelled zealously.

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4. The Punctuators.

The challenge is to write a story, then take out everything but the punctuation. It’s up to the reader to fill in the blanks.


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About David Stewart

I am a writer of anything quirky and weird. I love most genres of fiction and in each there are stories that I would consider "my kind of story". View all posts by David Stewart

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