“Write a story about beans in 99 words, reduce it to 59 words, and reduce it to 9 words and rewrite the final story into 99 words, no more, no less.”
– a prompt for this week’s CW piece.
The below piece was submitted as an entry for this year’s Rodeo contest
and won a spot in the finals, too. Yeehaw!
The Ultimate Flash Fiction (TUFF) was indeed tough. At first, I really struggled with the fact that I would have to write a story, then get rid of almost all of it, and then rewrite the whole thing without copying the original version. It felt like the first version should be good enough. Why go and write a whole new story? Going through the process allowed me to understand that editing does not have to mean what you initially wrote was bad. It was just… different. There are so many perspectives for the same thing. It is crucial to realize that you are capable of writing the same thing in different ways.
Here it goes:
“Tonight’s guest is the winner of this year’s Sharp Knife Award – Julian Knight.”
“Thank you for having me.”
“I’ve eaten at your restaurant before and have to admit that everything I tried was absolutely delicious.”
“I’m glad to hear that. Everything is freshly made in-house.”
“Although, there was one item on the menu that I felt didn’t belong with all the other fancy foods.”
“From Rugs to Riches Beans.”
“Ah, yes. It’s a nod towards my childhood. We couldn’t afford fancy. I want everyone to be able to afford a meal at my restaurant. All are welcome.”
“Your restaurant won this year’s Sharp Knife Award. How do you feel?”
“I’ve dreamt about it since I was a kid.”
“Did your mom cook?”
“Whenever she wasn’t working, trying to make ends meet… Beans were a staple food.”
“Is that where “From Rags to Riches Beans” came from?”
“Yes. It’s affordable. I don’t want anyone to go hungry.”
From Rags to Riches Beans, never forget your roots.
“Julian Knight won this year’s Sharp Knife Award with his new restaurant, and so I had to see for myself if his food was any good. For an appetizer, I ordered octopus, for dinner lobster, and for dessert – creme brulee. Everything was perfectly cooked. It was delicious. The owner of the restaurant came to check up on me, and so I took the opportunity to ask him about a menu item that didn’t quite fit with the rest.”
“I wanted to pay homage to my childhood with “From Rags to Riches Beans.” Everyone should be able to afford food.”
P.S. As always, you are more than welcome to use this prompt to inspire your post. If you decide to write something, be sure to pingback to this post so that I can get an alert and check out your piece. (A post on how to do pingbacks can be found here.) If pingbacks are not your thing, feel free to simply leave a link to your piece in the comment section below. The more, the merrier!
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