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The Loft Literary Center is having 100 word short story contest.
As someone who likes contests and has a short attention span (Ask me about my 90 minute theatre rule) this is perfect for me.
(Yes, the contest is for Minnesota writers only, but if you aren’t from MN don’t fret it looks like http://podcasting.isfullofcrap.com/ has a weekly 100 word story challenge. So you there you go!)
But back to the Loft Literary Center Contest!
Entries are due January 4th. That means you have 28 days to put together 100 words. Let’s math that out. That’s 3.5 words a day! Thousands of people do NaNoWriMo every November and they write 50,000 words in 30 days. Even the people who don’t complete it can usually bang out 1000 words for so. That means you (and I) can string together 100 in 28 days.
Now, I bet you are saying this, “I can’t do that. I am not a writer. I am not good at those things.” Or a million other excuses. Guess what? Those excuses could be your 100 word story! It’s only 100 words, that’s like four tweets. Or two Facebook status updates. You can do it.
Here, this is what 100 words looks like:
One. Two. Three. Four. Five. Six. Seven. Eight. Nine. Ten. Eleven. Twelve. Thirteen. Fourteen. Fifteen. Sixteen. Seventeen. Eighteen. Nineteen. Twenty. Twenty-one. Twenty-two. Twenty-three. Twenty-four. Twenty-five. Twenty-six. Twenty-seven. Twenty-eight. Twenty-nine. Thirty. Thirty-one. Thirty-two. Thirty-three. Thirty-four. Thirty-five. Thirty-six. Thirty-seven. Thirty-eight. Thirty-nine. Forty. Forty-one. Forty-two. Forty-three. Forty-four. Forty-five. Forty-six. Forty-seven. Forty-eight. Forty-nine. Fifty. Fifty-one. Fifty-two. Fifty-three. Fifty-four. Fifty-five. Fifty-six. Fifty-seven. Fifty-eight. Fifty-nine. Sixty. Sixty-one. Sixty-two. Sixty-three. Sixty-four. Sixty-five. Sixty-six. Sixty-seven. Sixty-eight. Sixty-seven. Sixty-eight. Sixty-nine. Seventy. Seventy-one. Seventy-two. Seventy-three. Seventy-four. Seventy-five. Seventy-six. Seventy-seven. Seventy-eight. Seventy-nine. Eighty. Eighty-one. Eighty-two. Eighty-three. Eighty-four. Eighty-five. Eighty-six. Eighty-seven. Eighty-eight. Eighty-nine. Ninety. Ninety-one. Ninety-two. Ninety-three. Ninety-four. Ninety-five. Ninety-six. Ninety-seven. Ninety-eight. Ninety-nine. One hundred.
Not scary at all!
Wait? What did you just say? Oh, the old “But I am not going to win,” excuse. Does that really matter? It’s not about winning. It’s about doing! Have you seen the name of my blog? It’s The Culture of Doing Things! It’s not called The Culture of Winning Things (if it was called that there would only be a blog post about the time my business card won free Jimmy John’s for my workplace.)
So let’s write some words. But only 100 of them!
For your reference, this blog post is 404 words.