Very Short Story: The Sunken Place

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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.

For Aug. 24, the prompt word is “existential.”

Here is my entry:

Mia had been in the sunken place in her bed for so long, only emerging when necessary, that she had begun to wonder if the old her was down there somewhere, bound, gagged — who was the one doing the caging? — and wishing to be reborn out of this #existential crisis anew. #vss365

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