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A 50 word story

Today I listened to the latest teleclass ( at the Big Writing School ). Suzy was talking through the steps of creating a piece of writing and suggested we wrote a 50 word story to practise the points.

I have always liked Haiku and the challenge of trying to capture something in such a short form, so when she suggested this I thought I’d have a go.


You can see some examples of the mini sagas here on The Telegraph site. It’s quite amazing what people have done.


I’m not sure if this is on point but it’s 50 words. I think I might try this more often though, definitely gets the creative juices flowing.


Here’s my first attempt anyway.



When you’re right you’re right – Except when you are so very wrong.

‘You know I’m right,’ she said.
Words rage inside me like warring birds.
‘You know that.’
Pecking each other’s eyes.
‘You’ll see I am.’
Blood and feathers falling everywhere.
Until one bird finds a gap. Flies out.
‘Enough,’ I cry.
And the rest follow into a wide blue open sky.

Dragon artwork used on this site courtesy of Sara Ogilvie (illustrator) & Nick Stearn (cover design)

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