The Pebble Effect | a 100-word story

I've long been fascinated by the art of the short story. A few years ago, I tried my hand at flash fiction and enjoyed the experience. But today, I was listening to the Grammar Girl podcast and host Mignon Fogarty was interviewing a guest about the 100-word story. 

I'd never heard of this before. So I decided to give it a try. It was more difficult than I thought it'd be. But here is my first effort at writing a 100-word story. It is any good? I'll let you decide.

Image by Elmer L. Geissler from Pixabay

The Pebble Effect

The soft kerplunk of the pebble marring the surface of the pond was satisfying. He stared at the ever-expanding ripples until they were no more, before flicking another stone after its fellow. Again, he relished the sound. It was a tiny thing. But there was a comfort in it. Was it the familiarity? Or the fact that it was something that his own hand had caused? As small and helpless as he felt at most times, here was something that he had made happen. His action had left a mark on the world. Even if only for a fleeting moment.

Grammar Girl podcast episode: How writing very short stories can improve all your writing (with Grant Faulkner)

Grant's book: The Art of Brevity...

What do you think? Let me know in the comments.

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