What is #vss365?
Created by FlashDogs in 2016, #vss365 participants write a tweet-sized short story based on a daily word prompt. Originally planned to last one year, the prompts are now given out by a new host every month, each with their own unique style and word choices, with the hosts scheduled by Voimaoy.
To get started with #vss365, all you need is a Twitter account. Once the prompt is posted, write a story that incorporates the prompt word or uses the prompt as thematic inspiration. 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! If you are still wanting more information, Sal Page has written an excellent blog post with further background and writing tips.
What if I don't have Twitter?
If you don't have a Twitter accout, that's perfectly ok! You don't have to use Twitter to participate. You can still write a story from the prompt, or even use the prompt as inspiration for or incorporation into something else!
What if I miss a day?
Don't worry about that! If you miss a day, you can skip that prompt, write multiple stories, or combine the words into one story! There are no hard-and-fast rules here. It's all about having fun writing with the prompt. 😊
What does vss365 even mean?
"vss365" stands for Very Short Story 365 days a year! The idea behind the hashtag is to give writers daily writing inspiration every day of the year, hence 365. Because the stories traditionally fit in a tweet (currently capped at 280 characters), they were dubbed "very short", creating the vss part of vss365.
About #vss365 today
#vss365 today is a hobby project created by Caleb Ely, an IT professional, poet, and active participant in #vss365. It has been created as a way to get the #vss365 prompt into the hands and minds of more writers more easily, himself included. You can read more about the background of this site on his blog.
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