The Dream: 10-1 Writing Exercise

I thought I’d try my hand at the 10-1 writing exercise. This entails writing a tiny piece of flash fiction (micro fiction?) comprising of ten sentences. The first has ten words, the second nine, etc etc and the last has just one word. So here you go…

The Dream

She wakes up from a nightmare, shivering, cold and drenched.
Frightened, scared, paranoid, afraid to go back to sleep.
Searching the room, seeing shapes in the shadows.
She hears noises, the wind blows wildly.
Rain lashes the drafty sash windows.
Foxes fuck emanating painful sounds.
Her heart beats fast.
She lies still.
Eyes close.

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  1. mummytries says:

    Thanks hon xx

  2. mummytries says:

    Thanks so much for dropping by and your lovely comment xx

  3. Ooo this is really good! You’ve done brilliantly getting so much tension into the peice! A great exercise x

  4. Wow, there’s some powerful words and imagery there! Love it. xx

  5. mummytries says:

    Thanks so much Tracey! I’m really chuffed with the response to this piece 🙂

  6. Very clever, very dark and very emotional.
    I really smart piece of writing

  7. mummytries says:

    Ahhh thanks so much Dana, really enjoyed this little exercise!

  8. mummytries says:

    You should give it a go 🙂

  9. mummytries says:

    Thanks Jenni, loved doing this, I’m going to try my hand at some of the other exercises…

  10. mummytries says:

    Thanks hon xx

  11. Dark and punchy! Love it! X

  12. What a great idea, and yours is really striking, so dark and ominous .

  13. Carol Cameleon says:

    Love this Renee. An idea that I may have to try myself. Thanks for linking up to #WonderfulWorldofWriting lovely lady.

  14. I love the idea of this 10 sentence, 10 word countdown kind of poem, and yours is so ominous and full of dread (in a good way!) I agree with Maddy about the tension rising as the word count drops. So cool.

  15. Thanks hon, really enjoyed writing this!

  16. Wow, this is a powerful piece, the short sentences really build the tension, perfect for 10-1. It’s a fun exercise isn’t it 🙂 Thank you for sharing with #ThePrompt x

  17. I really enjoyed this, it was a good little exercise for my tired brain the other day. Glad you liked it 🙂

  18. Same here Maddy, nice to do something totally different xx

  19. Great job, did you enjoy doing this? I like the fox line. Had to read it twice to make sure I’d read it right! Thanks so much for sharing on #FridayFiction.

  20. Oooh wow! A great response to the challenge! The shrinking sentences hold the tension of the piece. Glad to have inspired you (thanks for the mention!) – it’s a fun challenge isn’t it? I found it gave my creativity a kick start. xx

  21. mummytries says:

    Ahhhh thanks so much for the lovely feedback xx

  22. This is really deep! Enjoyed reading this as it’s filled with emotion and I can really imagine what this person is feeling. Great post #theprompt x

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