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Single Line Story Challenge!! (A Writer’s Tag)

Single Line Story Challenge

Well hello there! I hope you’re doing amazing today! 🙂 

So today I’m doing the Single Line Story Challenge, a writer’s/blogger’s tag which I am SO excited about! (And a little scared, ngl, since a few of these genres I’ve never written in before.) I first heard about this tag when I read Grace A. Johnson’s post and she decided to do all the genres listed, so I was like, I’m totally doing that too… even though the rules say choose five. Sorry. 😀

Let’s get to it!


1. Thank the person who nominated you. (First, Sisters Three nominated me! Thank you so much, Kayti, Rissy, and Jaidie!! Then Lillian Keith at The Pencil Sisters – so thank you, Lillian!!)

2. Write 5 single line stories that fall under any of these genres (you can pick which ones you do!):

  • fantasy
  • romance
  • thriller
  • mystery
  • western
  • contemporary
  • historical
  • drama
  • dystopian
  • adventure
  • sci-fi
  • paranormal
  • young adult

3. You can choose 5 genres that’s easiest for you, or you can challenge yourself to try something new!

4. Nominate 5 bloggers/writers who you’d love to see participate and leave an open nomination for all writers!

5. You can do this challenge more than once.


He stood there, numb with fury, as the elf queen bent forward and reached out for the blinding jewel, her fingernails clicking on its surface like icicles.


My heart trembled as I slid my fingers into the curls of her still wet hair and bent to brush my lips against the tear that rolled by her mouth.


His heart shot into his throat as his sister-in-law slid her hand into the pocket of her leather jacket and pulled out a gun – focusing it on him.


“You really don’t know me, do you?” he murmured, his cigarette smoke swirling under the yellow glow of the streetlight, and I laughed to hide the shivers that trailed my spine.


3… 2… 1… Ruth crushed her bonnet in her hands as she watched them swivel and shoot at the same time, dust billowing in the air.


Summer sun hot on my skin, I jog down the street to the beat of the pop song blaring from my earbuds, chewing strawberry bubblegum savagely as if it will distract me from what just happened.


Oxford heels clicking on the wood floor, Mae brushed down her pinstripe skirt and turned off the radio, unable to bear any more reminders of the man whose love she would never again know.


“How – oh, how on earth could I have forgotten she vowed secrecy?” Jack groaned, leaning against the brick wall and slamming his fist into it, like it would take back the mistake that now nothing could undo.


The prisoners were rising, and I could see it each day in the fire that kindled in their eyes, could smell their defiance in that metal-and-smoke scented air, and I feared they would break loose before the time was right.


So I gulp back the sarcastic comeback when I realize that the stone ledge I’m hanging onto is shifting beneath my weight, and before I can call out to Kyle, it gives way, and then I’m hurtling down toward the icy waves below, thinking “Just my luck” and hoping something – anything – will pop out of thin air and save me, cause, like… I’m kinda about to die – oh, and I’m also praying really, really hard.


Leo’s rough voice comes through your headpiece in broken snatches, and you strain to hear his instructions as your fingers grip the wheel of the spaceship, as your mind whirls to grasp the fact that you are steering the most important, most complex spacecraft in the galaxy and you have never even so much as driven a car.


The ticking of Ray’s wristwatch sounded like an alarm as Claire lowered her hand onto the musty-scented encyclopedia, as its yellowed pages slowly transformed into something else.

Young Adult

The sight of his brown eyes glued to mine almost drew the secret out of my mouth – that little, agonizing, stupid, unignorable secret… so I clamped my teeth on my tongue instead – hard enough that I winced.


Alright… I’ll nominate bloggers who I haven’t yet seen do this tag, but if you’re reading this, please take that last nomination (aka you) and do the tag yourself on your blog or in the comments!

Alright, that was so much fun!!! Which was your favorite or flowed most naturally to you? Least favorite? Could you tell what time period the historical one was set in? Oh, and what did you think about the paranormal sentence? (It was my first time trying out anything in that genre, lol… actually pretty fun!)

The fantasy sentence was inspired by a fantasy book I’m writing (think: stolen jewel, evil queen, secret missions, forests, ice), so it was probably the easiest to write. Actually, I think they got progressively harder… weirdly enough YA was hard because I feel like that genre’s so broad. Ya know? Anywayyy, I’d love to hear your thoughts!!

I hope you have a beautiful rest of your day! 🙂

(Stay tuned for a fun post on Saturday! *smiles mysteriously* )


28 thoughts on “Single Line Story Challenge!! (A Writer’s Tag)

    1. Thank you!!! Lol, me too! ;P Seriously I want to write whole stories about them. Haha yes, it doesn’t sound like the kindest of family members. 😀

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  1. I cannot lie, I was sitting here, reading this, mouth agape, blinking rapidly, because this was just THAT GOOD! WOW! Fantastic job, Saraina!!! You completely blew me away! I would probably read each one of these if they became a book, haha. Again, great job!

    (Oooo! A mysterious fun post! Can’t wait! XD)

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    1. Oh my that is so sweet of you!! THANK YOU! 😀 That means so much!! 😀 ❤ Alas, if I had a superpower where I could write really really fast I'd make full books of them all right now haha…

      (*grins* Yay! Though if you got the January newsletter you might already know what it will be hehe… )


        (Wait wait wait… you sent the newsletter *scours email* Ahhhhhhh, I can’t find it! Where do I sign up?? I thought I already did but I can’t find anything!! *cries*)

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        1. Aww!! 😀 Thank you girl!! (And I haven’t forgotten how much I loved your and Twi’s single line story challenge – I’d totally read books based on yours too!!)

          (Oh poor you lol! *goes to check the ConvertKit account* Looks like you already signed up!! So I’ll just resend you the January newsletter and let me know if you get it! 😀 )


  2. This is so cool.
    I like challenges but often fail them -lol.
    I read this and was instantly like ‘I’m gonna try this!
    So I wrote four at work and will add another:

    And thanks, Saraina, this is so cool! (I hope you don’t mind I’m doing this in your comments!)

    Thriller (I guess. I hope this works : )
    I could feel my heart pounding in my chest with every shove against the freezer door- but it seemed to no avail as it remained shut -I could still hear the lock of the heavy door as unconsciousness slipped over.

    Drama (Maybe this isn’t dramatic enough)
    I can feel the assassin’s intense gaze even from ten feet away, gun hidden from most people’s view and I try to escape, the panic rising -this is not the way it was supposed to end!

    I feel the tears streaming down my face, thinking of the grave where they laid the last of my family and I slide my hands into the pockets of my oversized sweatshirt to keep myself from throwing my arms around the nearby redhead -I wish I knew that she would comfort me, but I barely know her.

    Fantasy: She pulled Damian close -out of view of the Serpent King- and her voice was breathless as she whispered solely: “He did it” -and Damian’s body went slack.

    Amaya let herself finally believe that this could end with getting Lottie safely to Earth, but as she turned, expecting to watch her friend join in the escape pod, she heard the clank and hiss of the door and watched in horror as her best friend -separated by years and miles upon miles of space- pushed the button, breaking off the small ship with her inside -throwing it into the deep abyss of the galaxies.

    Some of them are a little too long, maybe-? but I feel some of them need it.
    I love this idea, but it would be interesting to write like one chapter, maybe *shrugs*

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    1. Ahhhh yes!!!! Thank you so much for doing it, Mary Ann!!! (I totally don’t mind! 😉 ) Those are AMAZING. 😀 ❤ That dramatic one IS definitely very dramatic in my opinion… wow!! All of them are so good!! (I love the thriller and YA one especially!) Oh yesss, that's true, it would be so interesting to write one full chapter! *nods heartily* That's a great idea.

      Thank you for reading!! 😀


  3. SARAINA. That. Was. AH-MAY-ZING! I am SO glad you went for all of the genres, because each story was SOOOOO GOOOOD!!!! Augh, I wanna read novels of all those prompts now. Like, what was the secret? Why is his sister-in-law tryna kill him? Ooh, and is the historical set…in the early- to mid-1900s???

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    1. *grins* Ahh, thank you so much, Grace!!!! I wouldn’t have done them all if you hadn’t too, so thank YOU! 😀 Haha!! Seriously, I want to find out the answers to those questions too. ;P Yes, I was thinking sometime around the 1940s!

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  4. Thanks so much for tagging me! This looks sooo fun, so I’ll definitely have to do it soon! I love all of these, quite honestly, and you did an amazing job weaving in enough clues to give an idea of the genre! The adventure one especially sounds fun. 🙂
    Thanks for sharing!

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    1. You’re so welcome, Kristianne!! Yayyy, I can’t wait for you to do it! 😀 Thank you so much!! Lol, the adventure one was indeed very fun to write. 🙂 😉 Thank you for reading!

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    I is in shock.


    Excellently done.

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  6. Wow. Fantastic job! I loved how you decided to do all of them! I was really impressed with your decision to use second person for your sci fi one. Great job and have a great day or night!

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    1. Thank you so much!! I’d never done second person before so I thought I’d try it out, haha! 😀 Have a wonderful day or night yourself!! 🙂


  7. Wow!!! That was great !!!! Awesome Saraina!!! That first one….ooo, reminded us how much we loved the chapters we got to read of your book!!!! Awesome!!! So cool you did all the categories!!!! That was sooooo great!!!!!

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    1. Oh thank you so very much!!! Aww, that means so much to me!! 🙂 I don’t know why for sure, but the fantasy one definitely felt the most natural to write. Thank you!!!! 😀

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