June 1, 2008

Fifty-Five Fiction

According to Wikipedia, generally a short story is considered to constitute flash fiction if it is less than 1,000–2,000 words long, and most flash-fiction pieces are between 250 and 1,000 words long.

If you think it is not easy to write a story in 2,000 words, what would you say about writing a story in 55 words? Yes, it is possible!

That is Flassh55 or 55Fiction. Flash55 has been around for years but with the rage for blogging, they are making the rounds on blogs nowadays.

If 55 is not enough of a challenge for you, then try it in 6 words. A story in 6 words? I am not kidding. Yes, it is possible!

Ernest Hemingway wrote:

For Sale. Baby Shoes. Never Worn.

Picture borrowed

Then there are others:

Trust me, I did my best.
Ray Kemp

Conceived, implored, employed, adored, retired, ignored.
Joy MacKenzie

Four Weddings, Three kids, then cancer.
Gillian Johnson

Aspirations compromised by procrastination, then children.
Harry Beighton

If only I had turned left.
Robin Pickering

Which one do you like out of these? Now, for my personal taste, six-word composition is far too short, though the gems above are impressive.

These days I'm in a mood for writing Flash55. I shall choose only those words that are absolutely essential, get rid of the frills and come out with an essence of an interesting scenario, or a message, if not a story. And yes, let it be prose or poetry, whichever is easier for you.

Let us not think writing simply is not elegant. Beauty, most often, lies in the simplest of things.

Would you like to try this out? Just 55 words. No excuse of lack of time. Let's take up the challenge.

I already have, and have posted the following two:

Have a wonderful day.


Cuckoo said...

Nice idea Celine, they are both very popular forms of expressions.

Not the 55 but I will certainly do 6 lettered since I promised someone to do it. When ? That's the question. ;)


Lavanya said...

Hemingway out does himself, constantly.

indicaspecies said...


Thank you for your comment. Do try a 55-word poetry too as you are good at poems.

All the best, with your creativity and time too.:)

indicaspecies said...


Hi, welcome, and thank you for your comment. :)

Yes, Hemingway positively outdoes himself. His life had a sad ending though.

Anonymous said...

I am new to your blog,
and I like it.

Terry Finley


M.KATE said...

Hi Celine, tks for dropping by again, you are a wizard with words, and now that's a challenge...using 6 words only :)

Indrani said...

Very challenging Celine... I doubt if I can.

Saibal Barman said...

Nice to read about the Prose & Poetry 55 ! Apart from its literary challenge, I have been more attracted to its prime factors (5 & 11).
Long in the past, one sage told me about three single-lettered stories...
They were "Om", "Ma" and "Aham" (in Sanskrit)..All those were endless tales of view of life.
In that way, you are very honestly true to say that writing simply does not annul elegance; rather qualifies its beauty more often...
For me the task must be too toiling as I neither count my words nor my days nor even my luck !
Still I love to watch over how it goes on to affect myself ! So I accept it as a challenger already defeated !

*~*Sameera*~* said...

I loved the Hemingway one the first time around when you included it in a comment in my blog and I love it even more now with the picture,so touching...

How true it is that beauty lies in the simple things most of the time.Will surely give the Flash 55 concept a go sometime! :)

Saibal Barman said...

Again to say...
Last night I attempted a fifty-five poetry...
Just published in my blog...
Please visit and comment..

AJEYA RAO said...

I like all the 6 word one's an your poems. I may never be able to write a 6 word story....It always has to loooong:-)

indicaspecies said...


Hello and welcome to my blog. Thank you for your kind words and do drop in sometimes.:)

indicaspecies said...


Thank you for your kind words, I am only trying. I hope you are going to take up the 6 words challenge or would you prefer the 55?:)

indicaspecies said...


Thank you for your comment. I am sure you can. Please give it a try, and kindly let me know when you are done with it.;)

indicaspecies said...


Thank you for your interesting comment and kind words for me. I would not have accepted you words of defeat anyway, on the contrary would have encouraged you for sure knowing how talented you are.:)

Now when I saw your second comment, I immediately went to your blog. What a beautiful piece of creation Saibal! I hope you make more attempts. Thank you for responding to my post and I hope you will continue to write more.:)

indicaspecies said...


Thank you. I remember that comment I made. I am delighted to know that you will try the Flash55 and I was pretty certain you would try it and have no doubt you will excel at it.:)

indicaspecies said...


Oh you like *my* poetry too? Thank you. Eer itthae 55 fiction try malpule.:)

my inner world said...

I liked this one the most.

"If only I had turned left."

Robin Pickering

I was unaware about this thing called flash55 , good to learn about it.

indicaspecies said...

My inner world:

Welcome to my blog. I hope you drop in sometimes and thank you for comment.:)

Noushy Syah said...

Wow..that's amazing..

Came over from Sameera's to read yours.Enjoy reading it,definitely will come again here...

Fiction story in 6 words and 55?Wow, it's not easy,but definitely agree that the simplest are better..

Have a gr8 day and take care.

Bendtherulz said...

Not my teacup. You do awesome.

:)) Tk care and have a gr8 weekend

indicaspecies said...

Noushy Syah,

Welcome to my blog, and hope you drop in sometimes. Thank you for your nice words, your comment is appreciated.:)

indicaspecies said...


Thank you for your kind words.:)

Priyank said...

I am going to start a weekly feature soon. I always wanted to, you have pushed me into it now :P

indicaspecies said...


I'm delighted to know I managed to "push you"..haha! All the best Puku.:)

I am trying to be committed to my weekly post, that is, 'Tranquil Tuesday.' Hope I can continue with that.;)

backpakker said...

its a great idea..I agree with you..words need to be chosen for the meaning and the thought..not for frills..looking forward to reading more

indicaspecies said...


Thanks, and for your encouragement too.:)