100-Word Fiction: ‘This Waiting’

A feeling. Grips you how, if, you don’t know. No I cannot eat. She sits down, scrapes the chair across the floor. Time. The clock presses forward a dreaded minute. She should eat. Oh just to stop the thoughts. It won’t be over until it is. Hard as granite. Cold as metal. Steely stone. Bad. She should focus on it, use it. Anger. But it is not anger. It is the mountain of hurt looming. If I heard a song I would… no. Waiting for news. What if? No. That one day if everything just collapsed. It is now, now…

Published by MW Bewick

Writer of poetry and place; editor and journalist. Co-founder of Dunlin Press. Books including Pomes Flixus, The Orphaned Spaces and Scarecrow are available from http://dunlinpress.bigcartel.com

5 thoughts on “100-Word Fiction: ‘This Waiting’

    1. Hi Sophie,

      All my stuff on this site is inspired by real-world events that have been in the news. That doesn’t mean that I always simply fictionalise news stories; rather that news stories provide the spark for a short piece of writing. It’s like a parallel universe I suppose. The bigger challenge is to make the stories exactly 100 words – but then again I like playing around with form so it’s quite fun too!

      1. Hey thanks for the reply!
        I think it’s best to base fiction around things you know. I love nothing more than writing fiction. Ah yes I guess you could used the short stories as inspiration to form bigger ones ! 🙂

      2. Yep, the ‘things you know’ route is a good one. Of course ‘things you know’ is a very wide category: feelings and emotions; places; activities; experiences… Keeping one accurate while being playful with the others offers some great potential. With these 100-word ‘possible fictions’ the ‘things I know’, initially at least, are the news stories that inspire the pieces. Good luck with (and enjoy) your writing.

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