2021 #50PreciousWords

I’m so excited to participate in Vivian Kirkfield’s #50PreciousWords contest. It’s always great to practice writing a whole story in just 50 words. What a challenge!

GUIDELINES FOR #50PRECIOUSWORDS: Write a story appropriate for kids ages 12 or under, that has a total word count of 50 or less. More about the contest can be found on Vivian’s blog.

​My submission is an introduction to a potential middle grade novel meant for children on the higher age range (ages 10-12). I hope the story leaves you wondering where the twists and turns of the empty road will take our MC and pondering what’s in store for her as she journeys into the unfamiliar. Feel free to drop me a comment below to let me know your thoughts. Enjoy! 🙂

Farther Away From Familiar
By Amanda Davis

(50 Words; Ages 8-12)

Rhythms of the road disappear.
Farther away from familiar.
Stomach twisting.

Like the empty road ahead.

“How far?” I ask. 
“Far enough,” says Mom.

Eyes close. 
Mind opens.

What do I call him?

Earbuds in.
Music on.
Counting beats.
Subtracting miles.

Between me and my father. 


Photo by Jesse Bowser via Unsplash
Thanks for reading!



Responses to “2021 #50PreciousWords”

  1. Carrie Karnes Fannin

    Amanda–what a strong story you’ve created in so few words! Love the layers of emotion, imagery…even the resonance of the “F” in farther, familiar, father. I’d say ‘good luck’ in the contest, but I don’t think you’ll need it. Well done.

  2. Annette Murray

    This is a wonderful segway into quite an emotional story of MC meeting biological parent. It’s just enough to create curiosity and bring reader into the story. Great intro!

  3. Cindy Mackey

    Amanda, this is so good! I’m currently working on a MG novel in verse with a similar opening scene. You’ve covered a lot in 50 words.


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