3/2/2021 9 Comments
Precious Words ~ 50 of Them
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!”
3/3/2021 01:58:34 am
I love it, simple but effective
3/3/2021 02:04:10 am
Gill Evans, thank you so much. You made my day!
3/2/2022 01:20:11 pm
Gill, thanks for your kind words. I only now saw this post one year since you posted it. So I hope I not only made your DAY. I hope I made your YEAR.
3/3/2021 02:38:29 am
You do have talent 👏 Donna. May you inspire children to read and write
3/2/2022 01:17:44 pm
Charlene, that has been my goal for the 32+ years I spent in the classroom. Now I want to continue to inspire kids to read and enjoy books through my own picture books.
3/3/2021 03:28:26 am
(I can answer your question in ONE word)
3/2/2022 01:15:39 pm
Becky, thank you a TON!
3/3/2021 07:14:27 am
3/2/2022 01:20:58 pm
Thanjs forever, Helen.
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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.