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.
Here is my entry:
Nobody noticed the red flags planted like landmines around his room. They figured Eric was an #erinaceous teenager, prone to ignoring his alarm clock, the sun, and his parents’ hushed chatter about him. Eric being young, did not yet know the dark cloud doesn’t hibernate. #vss365