Skydiving Not Quite For Beginners is my contribution to the 81 Words Writing Challenge. I came across it on Christopher Fielden’s website as I needed a few extra prods to keep me writing and having bought his book on how to write short stories, I also checked out his site.
81 Words requires the flash fiction to be exactly 81 words, excluding the title. Skydiving Not Quite For Beginners has been greatly thinned from its original draft. It took several attempts to get there but I got it down to a coherent format. It’s incredible how much can be said with so few words. Just consider Ernest Hemingway’s six-word story:
For sale: baby shoes, never worn.
Six thought-provoking words…
Back to the 81 Words, it’s a great little challenge and well worth giving it a go (see link above for further information).
Also, good luck to Chris who’s also trying to achieve a Guinness World Record for most contributing authors in one book. The aim is 1000. At the time of writing, 330 stories have been received. 670 more required to publish the anthology.
Skydiving Not Quite For Beginners
by Gavin Biddlecombe
“Wind’s too loud. You need to speak up.”
“Hi Dave. New to skydiving?”
“Pretty much. This is my first solo jump.”
“I figured. Haven’t had any lessons have you?”
“What makes you say that, Jack?”
“What you’re looking at isn’t your altimeter. That’s your wrist watch.”
“No problem. I reckon I can get the timing right.”
“Brings me to my next question.”
“Best be quick before I pull the cord.”
“Why the rucksack?”
“Ah. Now then…”