Economy, tension, action, intrigue


This is from a book called The Writer’s Block: 786 Ideas to Jump-Start Your Imagination by Jason Rekulak.

“Since 1987 the New Times in San Luis Obispo, California has sponsored an annual contest for ‘Fifty-Five Fiction.’ These are short stories which must be- I kid you not- fifty-five words or less. Sounds impossible, right? That’s what I thought, until I read a winning entry that was penned by my good pal Jeff Whitmore:

Bedtime Story

“Careful, honey, it’s loaded,” he said re-entering the bedroom. 

Her back rested against the headboard. “This for your wife?”

“No. Too chancy. I’m hiring a professional.”

“How about me?”

He smirked. “Cute. But who’d be dumb enough to hire a lady hit man?”

She wet her lips, sighting along the barrel.

“Your wife.”

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