I never thought I'd write a story with only 50 words. That's absurd I thought. Most of my children's picture book manuscripts hover between 400 to 500 words. My memoir, Prisoners without Bars: A Caregiver's Tale, topped out at around 76,000 words.
So when children's book author, Vivian Kirkfield, set the challenge for writers to write stories with no more than 50 words, even though I thought it was preposterous, I took the challenge for #50 PRECIOUSWORDS 2021. Like my heroine, Hannah, in the story, HOORAY FOR HANNAH!, I wrote and wrote and wrote––50 words.
Here's my wee, little story. Please tell me what you think.
HOORAY FOR HANNAH!
Donna O'Donnell Figurski
“SHOW-OFF Day!” squealed Nia.
“I’m talentless,” moaned Hannah.
But Hannah tried anyway.
Forward roll. KERPLOP!
Soccer ball into principal. OOPS!
Feet twisted in jump rope. SPLAT!
Then spied her pencil.
Hannah wrote and wrote and wrote.
Finally, she waved her poem and squealed,
“I DO have talent!”
I am the author of Prisoners without Bars: A Caregiver's Tale. It's the true story of how my husband almost left me--three times.