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by Colleen Millsteed 2 months ago in workflow · updated 2 months ago
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Ten Word Story

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Ten-word stories

I hate crying, it is always ugly crying at best.

Santa stuck in the chimney, resulted in Christmas being cancelled.

Watched a child learn to ski, nothing kept him down.

Mother and son constantly arguing, no love in that house.

Cold feet, cold hands, does that mean I'm warm hearted?

Wispy white clouds and blue sky, means no rain today.

Learning to read, sitting in a chair with a book.

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At first, when I read the challenge request given to me by a friend, I was overwhelmed with the idea. For some reason I expected it to be extremely challenging (pun intended) to write a story with so few words.

Above are the seven, ten word stories that I came up with, once I set my mind to the challenge. I learnt that it was not as hard as my mind was telling me it would be.

I am so happy that I did not just pass up on giving this a go, simply because I initially found it overwhelming.

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Although I was challenged to try my hand at this ten word story prompting, I now feel, after this exercise, that this could be a great way to overcome writers block.

When we are looking for ideas or are blocked, sit and write a number of ten word stories and surely at least one could be turned into an article, fiction story or even a poem.

It took me all of minutes to write the stories above. Where did I get the ideas? Please keep reading, you'll see I've explained each one.

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I hate crying, it is always ugly crying at best — I have a terrible headache today, similar to the tension headache I get when I've been crying.

Santa stuck in the chimney, resulted in Christmas being cancelled -- I read a news article this morning saying that COVID may be the cause of cancelling Christmas for a third year in a row.

Watched a child learn to ski, nothing kept him down — remembering the resilience of my boys when they were young.

Mother and son constantly arguing, no love in that house —I have a neighbour that lives so close we hear her and her son constantly arguing.

Cold feet, cold hands, does that mean I'm warm hearted —I'm so cold today I can't get warm.

Wispy white clouds and blue sky, means no rain today — a quick look out the window at the blue sky.

Learning to read, sitting in a chair with a book — the picture I found for this article.

All this goes to show, we can use our local surroundings and thoughts to overcome writers block and find our next topic to write about.

Happy writing my friends.

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I have participated in this challenge because a friend on Medium requested I take up the challenge.

However, that being said, a challenge is not a challenge unless I challenge a few more people.

So here I am calling on any Vocal writers that would like to try their hand at this challenge.

If you do decided to give this challenge a go, please let me know as I would love to read your take on the challenge.

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Please click the link below my name to read more of my work. I would also like to thank you for taking the time to read this today and for all your support.

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Originally posted on Medium

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About the author

Colleen Millsteed

I’ve written poetry most of my life, but never had the courage to publish my writing before. So here goes ........ I’m feeling the fear and doing it anyway (my motto in life).

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  • Dharrsheena Raja Segarran2 months ago

    Oooo this challenge seems so interesting and I loved the ones you cane up with. I understand that overwhelming feeling because that's how I would have felt if I was challenged to this. So to avoid that, I would look at this as an option. So it doesn't overwhelm me. And you can try that too, to look at the challenge as an option. I'll let you know if I come up with something. I loved all of yours! 💖

  • Avery Meadows2 months ago

    "Learning to read, sitting in a chair with a book" brought a flash of my grandparents' home to mind. It's truly amazing how words can invoke thoughts and memories, as well as spark the imagination. Well done. :)

  • Cathy holmes2 months ago

    This is great. You nailed it.

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