I thought it would be easy to write a story in exactly 100 words, but it was the “exactly” that foxed me. It was an exercise in economy. I first wrote the story, and then kept slashing and slashing till I got it down to the requisite word length. Every time I pressed the ‘Delete’ or ‘Backspace’ key, it felt like I was erasing a piece of my soul! But I persevered, and finally “Voodoo Graffiti” got published on A Story in 100 Words. This was my first real story publication. Hey, it might be just a 100 words, and maybe it’s slightly weird (heck, I know it’s completely weird but that’s the point!) but it’s still a story!
I stole the idea of writing a 100-word story and publishing it on this site, from my cousin and fellow writer Namitha Varma’s experiment in writing a 100-word story. Namitha’s story “Guilt” is a sombre and sobering meditation on ethics in the face of chaos, while mine is just a fun-fest!