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 Oct. 11, the prompt word is “joik.”
Here is my entry:
The bodies were already being reclaimed by Earth, indifferent to the why or how. The bombs and cries sat as shadows in Alice’s ears. She didn’t know how she was alive, unharmed in a field of grass. Then, the #joik of the wind rolled over the hills. Someone else survived. #vss365