How Writing 100-Word Stories Can Turn Into A Novel Idea

Challenging ourselves to stick to a word count can actually be the most inspiring

One of my favourite writing challenges is the 100-word story. Having to craft a gripping storyline into such a short word count can be difficult, but it can also be incredible inspiring.

Here are two of my early 100-word stories, both written around 18 months ago. Both of these have turned into ideas for full length stories / novels, granted, they are on my writing to-do list, but having these down as a starting point and inspiration is a start!


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In a matter of minutes Jane’s flat had turned from a place of calm into a whirlwind of chaos.

All of the cupboards and drawers were flung open, the contents of each and every one strewn around on the floor

Yet still no sign of it.

It has to be here somewhere Jane shrieked out loud, to no-one but herself. It HAS to be.

But alas, as Jane sat with her head in her hands, surrounded by almost the entire contents of her life, it all meant nothing now that the only photograph of her late father was missing.

Favourite Smell

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When asked what is your favourite smell?Dylan had had the same answer for as long as he could remember.


Now for what felt like the first time in his life, he changed his mind.

The sound of the sirens grew closer before they flew into the distance, like a flock of birds passing by with their song taunting those waiting on the ground.

As the smell of petrol gradually lessened, and his eyes took their last hazy glance at the world, Dylan wished that he would never have to smell petrol again.

Dylan’s wish came true.

I hope you enjoyed these, if you have any 100-Word stories, please share them in the comments, I would love to read them!

A part time writer, studying for my BA (Hons) Degree Creative Writing. My interests include mental health, politics, LGBT rights, fiction, poetry and many more!

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