Sorry this post is coming late tonight! I was tagged by Sara @ The Bibliophagist to do the 5 Word Story Challenge on Sunday! It seemed like a fun little writing challenge to stretch the writing noodle, so I decided to give it a go.
Since I’m currently working on my novel, I decided to integrate this challenge into my story. I feel like I put unnecessary pressure on myself, announcing this on Monday! But once, I realized it only needed to be five words, I was like, “Ok, that’s easy!”
It wasn’t actually all that easy (that last word was intense). I don’t think this little excerpt will work its way into the final draft of my story, but it does feature my protagonist in a scene that could be perfectly well happen, so let’s consider it an outtake.
- Thank the person who tagged you.
- Close your eyes, open to random pages, and point your finger on a random word in the last book you have read. Articles do not count.
- Repeat the above rule 5 times.
- List the 5 random words you have.
- Create a 5 sentence flash fiction using your 5 random words. Each sentence must contain at least one word from your list. You can change the tense of the word as needed.
- Tag 3 people.
My Last Completed Book
La Belle Sauvage by Philip Pullman (review coming tomorrow!)
5 Random Words
other | faded | out | hours | symbolize
She lay on her stomach under her bed, the other journal still bound shut under her right hand. The faded and smudged characters were a challenge to read in the dim light. But rather than come out, she was content to stay in the spot that made her feel most at home. It was had been hours since she heard the last door at the end of her corridor shut. Off-hand, she wondered if the carvings at the bottom of her door symbolized anything or if they were just scratches from a small animal who once sought freedom.
Elle @ The Nishume Chronicles
Katherine @ The Writerly Reader
Ely (& her co-bloggers if they so wish) @ Of Wonderland
Feel free to complete this tag if you’d like to! I’d encourage anyone to put their own spin on it.
This challenge reminded me of grade school assignments where we were asked to write a one-page story using all the vocabulary words for that week. I was the weird who enjoyed that kind of assignment. I remember a Halloween-themed story particularly fondly. Why didn’t I have a mom who saved those kinds of things?!
See you tomorrow (6/7) with my book review of La Belle Sauvage by Philip Pullman!