Twenty Word Story – Can you write a story in 20 words or less?

The idea for such a short short story came from an advert I heard years ago. It used a string of single, almost unconnected, words to create an image and narrative in the mind of the listener.


Subsequently I have occasionally tried my hand at doing something similar. For example:

Ten Second Horror Story: Isolated. House. Night. Alone. Reading. Claw. Lightswitch. Powercut. Darkness. Growling. Screaming. Silence. The End. 

So what we are going to do on Wave Chronicle is take this technique and see what people can come up with using less than twenty words (excluding the title) based around the general theme of “Future” – which is a fairly wide scope. So, everything from SciFi to politics and religion to art, scitech, Transhumanism…

Just add your contribution into the comments.

Dirk Bruere

Attended Nottingham University and later what is now Westminster University, and has a BSc in Physics. Subsequently pursued a career in electronics and computer research and is a research engineer at Surface Measurement Systems. A founder member of Zero State (ZS) and a member of the Futurists Board of the Lifeboat Foundation. Founder of The Consensus in 2002CE, a political party with a core philosophy of Transhumanism, which has been influential in Zero State and the Wave. Other interests include the interface between technology and theology explored in the books TechnoMage and The Praxis, and was co-presenter of a UK radio show, OneTribe. Head of The Praxis, a ZS spiritual organization. For several years held the position of Branch Master in the World Shorinji Kempo Organization, teaching Zen and martial arts, although is now retired from a teaching role.

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