What is #vss365?
#vss365 is a tweet-sized writing game based on a specific daily word prompt. Entries must incorporate the word into a story or poem. The words are typically used as thematic inspiration but can be used however the writer wishes. The prompt is delievered by the designated host on their Twitter account. There are two new hosts every month, each with their own unique style and word choices.
#vss365 was created by FlashDogs in 2016 and originally planned to last one year. After growing in popularity, Voimaoy began the process of scheduling monthly hosts. She maintained this role until 2020, when Arthur Unk took over scheduling.
"vss365" stands for Very Short Story 365. The idea behind the hashtag is to give writers daily writing inspiration every day of the year. Because the stories were the size of tweets, they were dubbed "very short" stories.
To get started with #vss365, all you need is a Twitter account. Once the prompt is posted, write a story using the prompt. Make sure you include the #vss365 hashtag and the prompt word as a hashtag so everyone can find it. That's all there is to it! For some writing tips, check out this excellent blog post from Sal Page.
What if I don't have a Twitter account?
A Twitter account is not required to participate. You can still write a story from the prompt, use the prompt as inspiration, or incorporate the prompt into something else.
What if I miss a day?
If you miss a day, you can skip that prompt, write multiple stories, or combine the words into one story (called a combo post)! There are no hard-and-fast rules. It's all about having fun.
How is the prompt managed?
#vss365 is managed by a written charter and a team of writers who help guide the prompt's direction and coordinate the hosts. The primary guidance and Host Moderator provided by ArthurUnkTweets. Additional guidance comes from the Ambassador Team and Special Counsel.
About #vss365 today
#vss365 today is a hobby project created by Caleb Ely, an IT professional, poet, and participant in #vss365. It was initially created to assist getting the #vss365 prompt into the hands and minds of more writers more easily. You can read more about this site on his blog.
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