#VSS365 is a very popular hashtag on Twitter. VSS stands for Very Short Story and Twitterati post micro stories, based on a daily one word prompt. The best part of VSS is the brevity. Weaving a story or a compelling slice-of-life piece or a memorable glimpse in a 280 character limit is a feat.
There are times when you do not know what to write. Or there are times when you have plenty to say but the words just don’t flow. Prompts help to be the starting point for your writing. Usually I feel constricted by the prompts, whether they describe a situation or are presented as a phrase or a sentence. The picture prompts are better for me but the one word prompts along with the required brevity have worked best for me.
I posted many micro stories based on these prompts on Twitter. The hashtag is the prompt for that day. Here are a few of my favourite ones:
What do you think of when someone says Grass?
The word ‘Close’ evokes warmth, nostalgia or even claustrophobia?
Chefs are the glamorous versions of cooks. Or are they?
Cakes bring celebration. But are things what they seem?
Have you tried writing microstories based on a prompt? What kind of prompts work best for you?
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