If you’re not familiar, there’s a writing prompt on Twitter for the writing community with the hashtag vss365. The “vss” stands for “very short story,” and the number is self-explanatory. Each month, a new Twitter user is tasked with posting a new word each day to prompt people. With the 280 characters available in a Tweet, a user has to come up with a story of some sort incorporating the posted word-of-the-day, although because you need to include the hashtag, the story itself is typically 273 characters (if you try to be exact, at least).
It also doesn’t necessarily have to be a story. Some play around with the form and structure by doing poetry or a haiku or whatever else.
I’ve participated in the game many times on Twitter, although it’s been a while since I’ve jumped back into it. Today, I thought I would give it a shot.
Here is my entry:
We were another #number in the system. Zeroes and ones. The algorithm kept churning, masticating on the data like yellow jackets constructing a nest. We moved through the world obsequious to the queen, offering up more data points, pointlessly, until our number was up. #vss365