writing update • 17 jan 2020 • novel word count • 31,912

WHAT ARE TINY TALES?

Created from a single word prompt, these Tiny Tales have to fit in the length of a tweet, so each one can be no more than 280 characters. It's a great exercise in brevity, and as a writer, makes you consider every single word. 


Over the last few months, I have written quite a few Tiny Tales—they are quite addictive—below are some of my personal favorites. 


Check back for more of my Tiny Tales, or follow me on Twitter to read them as I write them, usually daily. 


I hope you enjoy them as much as I enjoy writing them.
~ Cat x

TINY TALES WRITTEN IN 280 CHARACTERS OR LESS

PROMPT: HARMONY

She arranges chairs prized from a dumpster on a carpet patterned with stains. He twists a coat hanger antenna on a TV the size of a cereal box, waits for an image to appear. They sit in quiet harmony, their seventy year old hands folded together like delicate origami.   .................................................................

** I continued this Tiny Tale using another word prompt: ENCORE

PROMPT: ENCORE

Next morning as the world slept, they shuffled their bodies, bent now from decades of working God's land, to the oak tree guarding their lot. Beneath a parasol of leaves, they wrapped aging limbs together, became entwined like vines, then waited for the sun's daily encore.

PROMPT: COCOON

Cradling a dead butterfly, Poppy, six, said she knew how to save it. She'd studied them at school. She folded its kaleidoscope patterned wings, before tucking it into an empty Kinder egg. She hung her reverse cocoon onto the cheese plant in the living room. Then waited.