20 October, 2009

first attempt - 55 fiction

I have been reading the 55Fiction for a long time and have always enjoyed it. But because I have a tendency of writing long paragraphs…I thought 55fiction was not my cup of tea, until I firmly decided last night to at least ones attempt before completely declining over.

Fifty-five fictions is limited, precise and exciting to see the dramatic turn over to the whole story-line.
So here’s beginning with a little sneak-peep into the history and origin of 55fiction.

ORIGIN & HISTORY: The origin of 55 Fiction can be traced to a short story writing contest organized by New Times, an independent alternative weekly in San Luis Obispo, California, in 1987. This idea was proposed by New Times founder and publisher Steve Moss.

Steve Moss, whose full name was Stephen Donnellan Moss, was born in Riverside, Calif September 18, 1948. He died of complications of epilepsy in his garden in San Luis Obispo on April 24, 2005. He was 56. The 55 Fiction copyright inured to Moss' family.

The Steve Moss Memorial Scholarship in Journalism was founded by his family and friends to support journalism students at California Polytechnic University, San Luis Obispo. Its endowment is managed by the San Luis Obispo County Community Foundation.

The 55 Fiction Competition has been continuously organized by New Times ever since it was introduced in 1987. The competition is an annual event with open participation.
DEFINE 55FICTION: 55 Fiction is a form of micro-fiction that refers to the works of fiction limited to a maximum of fifty-five words.

CRITERIA: There is a definite criterion for the 55fiction and hence I have my own too:
  1. Fifty-five words. or less (A non-negotiable rule).
  2. A setting,
  3. One or more characters,
  4. Some conflict, and A resolution. (Not limited to moral of the story)
  5. The title of the story is not part of the overall word count, but it still can’t exceed seven words.
  6. Shall try to add a picture related to the 55fiction, which shall be my rachi creation, an art that works as a complementary to a story-line.
source: wikipedia

TOOL to count the words: http://www.wordcounttool.com/
My FIRST ATTEMPT to 55fiction:
  • Eyes on ME!
I stood leaning the wall all drenched in the rain.
Everyone’s eye was on me.
I could notice the rolling eyes inspecting so keenly my body-hugging black dress.
Swiftly, someone just came and took me in his arms, not bothering about my wet clothes.

Conversely, why should one care,

I was just..

...an Umbrella!

Do let me know your views on my very first attempt to 55fiction. Your words shall be a great help. Thank you for being persistent and going through this post!

Note :

  • Special thanks to Lena and Priya for their kind words, support and inspiration, I get all the time!!
  • Also not forgetting to thanks Late Steve Moss who after all invented this chronically narrative way of writing short story.


  1. hey rachana
    i had read this 55 thing on some blogs but didn knw the origin n all...now i knw..thnks to u.. :)
    don tell me its ur first time..i don believe..
    i hadn gone fully into those fantasies of body-hugging black dress when all of a sudden ..
    ahh...gud yar
    do come with it..sooner and again


  2. wow.. that was amazing..

    very well written... waiting for more from u

  3. It's beautiful Attempt...
    Loved it.. :)
    I could not guess..until I read the last line.. :)
    Keep writing :)


    P.S. I have too written some 55-fictions..if u like u can read this one.. at http://amit414voice.blogspot.com/2009/09/3rd-55-fiction.html

  4. @ Vishal
    I'm so glad you liked it...yep! it was the first time I wrote it..moreover U know naa, all my posts are so lengthy that writing in 55 words was almost like a mission to be accompalished. Yep! 55fiction is great fun.
    ...You are great poet, must try scribbling some 55!
    Now that U liked it...I shall try more often!!
    Thanks so much:)
    Enjoy reading!

  5. @ Suree
    O! Dear! you wont beleive this...but I was so nervous before posting it...and wondered what you people will thnk about this...but I'm so happy now that words kept the suspence and created the charm latter!

    Thanks for going through the post and taking time to comment too!

  6. that was a good attempt :)
    unexpected end.

    and you could not keep it short na? Still made a long post :D Though not as long as usual.

  7. that was a good attempt :)
    unexpected end.

    and you could not keep it short na? Still made a long post :D Though not as long as usual.

  8. @ Amit
    Thank You so much Amit. I'm glad that U found it interesting an dit kept U guessing.
    Now that you have liked it..is shall keep the rhythm and continue with proper intervals.

    And yes! I did go through your link and it's simply superb!
    Well! Only one thing, wish I could write as well as you :)

  9. @ Lena
    I'm so so happy that U liked it and to my wonder You also noticed how I made my post lengthy.

    Honestly, I dint wanted to make it lenghty but U know naa its a long long ago Habit...and shall go with lots of efforts.

    ..Hope such 55fiction help me in understanding to use the words effectively ;)

  10. heya...nice debut! Pretty thoughtful!
    Keep writing! :)

  11. @ Anu
    Thank you Anu!
    Indeed, such words only motivates to write much more :)
    Glad you commented!

  12. Thaz an awesome post girl. Well done. Keep writing and you can knit the words well.

  13. @ Priya
    Thanks Priya..nobody but only U would compliment me so well! As the words come directly from the great poet, I care a lot!
    Be there, to celebrate a new in me :)

  14. what can i say.. am a good tracker.. good 1 there.. liked it..
    n lol @ the count tool..
    i liked ur template and blog.. so neatly arranged.. seems like u did a bit of programming..

  15. @ Vishnu
    Welcome to HUMMING TODAY page!Glad that you liked the post and the blog template! Nothing like doing programming but actually just some simple steps.
    However, I always need such feedback to be on track! Hope U visit more often.

    Keep the Spark Alive..

  16. Hey Congrats Dear !!! This is superb...n very very interesting...please do put up some of your work on 55fiction...I finally hv something that I can read again n again..Thanx a ton for producing such a thing for a non-reader like me...m sure I'll now start reading...
    Good luck :)

  17. hey dear
    great going gal,its a great attempt simply loved it..direct dil se.

  18. Rachana, hey girl your 55Fiction is awesome! Umbrella-wow that was awesome!!
    Don't tell me this s ur maiden attempt! I won believe!
    This is too good! Btw, ur blog looks very cool!

  19. @ Madhulika

    Hey, thanks so much Madhu, glad that U liked it and yes! now that I have got so many comments, I shall continue this journey of 55fiction. And I promise to keep you engage in reading more intersting works!!

  20. @ Payal

    I shall keep writing more of such posts and You keep reminding me that you love me direct dil se :)

    Celebrate friendship..

  21. @ Shruti

    Welcome to My page Shruti! I posses a great feeling that the comment came from you who's 55fiction are simply remarkable!

    I was really scared to post this my very first 55fiction but what an irony, this is one the post in my blog which have max comments from so talented people!
    Heartily, Thankyou dear!!

    I'm glad that you liked my blog template too:)

  22. Thanks Rachana for your encouraging comments. I liked your first 55 fiction attempt. It's always the last word that depicts the character of the story! Good One :)

  23. whoa! this is my first tym on ya blog..hopped thru amits..i tried 55 fiction recently too:)
    very nice one..great climax!umbrella!!!:))
    lookin fwd to read many more...n yr header pic is very interestin!

  24. Hey Rachana, Couldn't see u on my blogs these days?
    Visit my profile, Something is waiting for you :)

  25. Thats a nice one. you started as if you are going to slam the drooling society but ended in a very lighter note. Great first attempt. Thanks for visiting my blog and following.

  26. Hi buddy,

    Thats a great start. Perfect. You did strike the bull's eye. But do not go for these object/gal oriented fictions(guitar, umbrella, cycle, pets etc) in ur next 55 fiction. Try to explore new avenues and then you wil taste the crux of 55 fiction. Try on realism once.
    I bet, you wil enjoy writing 55 fiction....
    hav cheerful time...
    keep writing buddy..
    waiting for ur next 55...
    :) :) :)

  27. that was really good for a first attempt..
    do write more :)

  28. aiyla....
    an umbrella...
    what a piece
    thoroughly enjoyed it...
    the last line was a punch on the face!!

  29. I luv Luv LUv this one.... I like to read it again n again.... WOwwwwwwwwwww


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