Archive for the ‘Fiction’ Category

The good folks over at Trifecta continue pressing forward with their entertaining writing exercises. The week’s Trifextra (their weekend challenge) is as follows.

We’d like you to read the 33 words below and then add 33 of your own words to move the story along. Have a great weekend and good luck!

The last strains of sunlight lingered in the corners, grasping (more…)

For this weekend’s Trifextra challenge: Forty-three years ago today, Neil Armstrong became the first person to ever walk on the moon. In celebration of Moon Day we want you to write 33 words about someone who took a giant leap. It can mean whatever you’d like, just make sure you write exactly 33 words. (more…)

This weekend’s Trifextra challenge: retelling.  Retell your favorite book in 33 words. I’ll give “The Grapes of Wrath” a shot. Deepest apologies in advance to John Steinbeck. (more…)

This weekend’s challenge brought to you by the fine folks at Trifextra. Please give us a creative piece inspired by the photo below. You have two options for word count: you can either give us 33 words or 333 words. Please note: we are not asking for a post between 33 and 333 words. We are asking for a post that is exactly 33 words or exactly 333 words.

(photo courtsey of Trifecta)


This weekend’s Trifextra challenge is a real account of a period in your life that can be clearly identified by the number three. Maybe it’s the three decades you spent flipping burgers or the three seconds you hesitated before saying “I do.” The story should be “true-ish” and not just a play-by-play description. The story can be up to 333 words long. Mine checks in at exactly 333. (more…)

This weekend’s Trifextra challenge: Take a scene which involves (or affects) at least three people. Write this scene from the point of view of three of the characters, using 33 words for each. (more…)

Ed. Note: In a dusty corner of the attic at Trask Avenue we stumbled upon a sheaf of papers wrapped tightly with twine. We were pleased to discover they were unpublished versions of popular fairy tales written by Ernest Hemingway. Based upon the age of the paper and the peculiarities of the typewriter font our forensic experts estimate these were written sometime in the late 1920’s, probably in the winter of 1928-1929, after Hemingway’s second son (Patrick) was born. (more…)

For this week’s Trifextra challenge, write a letter of apology in exactly 33 words. Addresses, salutations, closings, etc. (should you wish to include them) do not count in the 33 words. (more…)

This week’s Trifextra challenge is to write a piece between 33 and 333 words using the three words listed below. The words must each appear in the piece in the order given.

1 – cacophony
2 – soap
3 – insects (more…)

This weekend’s Trifextra challenge:  Write a horror story in 33 words, without the words blood, scream, died, death, knife, gun, or kill. (more…)