Introduce a character to a new (alien, person, cow) and have them see what it’s like as the other for a day.
The sounds of birds at dawn changes, bringing warning of impending doom. Is your character ready for it?
The unmistakable sound of hooves hitting cobblestone drew the attention of those sitting in the room.
Create a story recalling the first day of school.
We’ve made it to day five! Our list of stories is growing. How are you feeling about it? What stories are standing out to you so far? Have you shared a bit about it in the Discord? We’d love to see it 🙂
Today’s challenge prompt should be enjoyable. Did you remember to share the favorite part of your story on yesterday’s thread? Or in the comments on the site?
The option is there for all of us so we can get feedback, offer support, and connect with each other. I’ll get mine posted to the discord as well.
On to the prompts:
Your story starts with a character racing from the police. How did they end up in that position?
Use the following sentence in your story:
Sirens echoed in the distance
An earthquake devastates the home of a loved one and your character must get them out of the affected area.
A kitty stalks the darkness of a home hinting only that it exists, despite the home having no pets.
Use this sentence to start your story:
Moving day was easy until…
Was yesterday’s prompt fun? Which one did you pick? I hope you created something you really enjoyed. Today we’re going to change things up a bit. Hope you find it as interesting and creative or more so.
Keep in mind you can find the streamer schedule at the 31 stories page. Check it out when you’re ready to write with a streamer. Someone will be available that will be encouraging and supportive.
It’s hard to believe that August has arrived and so has our second challenge for the year. Things are going to be fantastic. We have 31 days of fun ahead!
Things to remember:
- Prompts are optional; create what works best for you to create
- You’re not in it alone; streamers and writers are available to offer support and write with you on twitch and in discord
- If you have questions, ask; streamers and mods are ready to answer
- Have fun! This should be key to your challenge, enjoy it. Creating is fun.
Now, onto the prompts!
Write a story for your mom
Create a tale for your mother about whatever you think she’d enjoy or want to read. Have fun with it.
Use the following sentence in your story:
Whining pierced the silence.
Drop a section in the comments of the post or in the participation channel of the Discord. Can’t wait to see what you come up with.
Recently, it’s come to my attention there is a little confusion about what constitutes a story for this challenge. I attempted to clarify during the event, but did not make myself very clear. With this in mind, I want to clear up any uncertainty.
My first stop was Merriam-Webster’s Online Dictionary. This is what I found:
Story (noun) – 1) an account of incidents or events 2a) a fictional account shorter than a novel
So, that sums up nicely the way I define a story. A short story is going to be something you create as a storyteller. It might be a slice of daily life, or it might be a complex take down of the covert dark government on a world far from home, or it might just be how the toes got polished different colors. It’s your story. Tell it how you want in the world you chose. Develop the plot, or write by the seat of your pants.
As long as you create your story between 1000 words and 15000 words you’re creating what qualifies for the 31 Short Stories Challenge.
As long as there are storytellers, there will always be stories. You who are reading this are a storyteller. You got this.
Create. Enjoy. Have fun!
We’ve done it before and we’re doing it again.
Starting the year off with energy and momentum is a great way to set your year on the right path. This isn’t a planned ‘New Years Resolution’. It’s a goal setting exercise for starting off the year strong. Let’s do it together!
As the Twitch Writers Community continues to grow and thrive, challenges are common. We’ve opted to give life to a challenge we’ve done before.
Join us in January to start the year off with 31 Short Stories – A Short Story a day is a huge boost in creative expression, back list growth, and new worlds to play in.
If you don’t hit 31 short stories, but you’ve been writing daily towards that goal you will end up with more stories than you began with.
Our general guide is
*1000 words to 15k words
*Short story in any genre
For myself, I will be aiming for 5000 to 10,000 words in each story daily. They become great fodder for collections, short story releases, and bonus stories.
1000 word short stories are GREAT for patreon supporters, book collections, bonus stories, and newsletter reader magnets.
Watch this space for an upcoming guide, book of writing prompts, and more!