50 Word Story Contest
My writing friend Vivian Kirkfield is hosting a 50 Precious Words Story contest. Since Dr. Seuss only used 50 unique words to write a story, Vivian is challenging writers to write a children's story using only 50 words. Since I love picture book biographies, I thought I'd try writing one using only 50 words.
I was in high school during Ronald Reagan's administration, and so hearing about Nancy Reagan's death made me sad. In honor of her, I wrote this tiny biography. Enjoy!
Lived a girl
Who loved to swim, dance, and act!
Theater led to Hollywood.
But Hollywood didn’t lead to fame.
She was accused of being a communist!
Seeking Ronald Reagan, actor, helper, and lover,
led to the White House, as first lady.
3/18/2016 07:53:32 am
This is a beautiful tribute to Nancy Reagan, Tina! And a wonderful entry into the contest...I LOVE how you told it in free verse...that's a great way to cut down on those unnecessary words. :) Thank you so much for joining in the fun with this super story!
3/18/2016 03:08:02 pm
Very nice, Tina. I remember Nancy well - a classy lady.
3/19/2016 06:31:18 pm
Well done, Tina. Biographical material is more difficult to condense into 50 words, but, you did it!
3/20/2016 05:43:12 am
Love it, Tina! Hope you can use it with your students. :)
3/22/2016 02:34:35 pm
This is lovely - actually seems like a poem. I think it was very clever of you to write a biography. I think I'll try to write one of these short stories. I love challenges.
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Tina M. Cho, children's author
I'm a children's author and freelance writer for the educational market. Welcome!