About 300 Stories

old-typewriterI should write more. That’s what I said to myself on the eve of my 35th birthday, in July 2013. This blog was my way to grab the bull by the horns. My aim? To produce a short story in 300 words or less practically each day for the next year.

On July 7th 2014 I reached my goal. For the past 365 days I had produced 300 distinct flash fiction pieces. The story could have ended there, but it didn’t.

I continue to write 300 word (or less) tales on this blog, spurred on by my loyal readers, who have made this an experience to never forget. I’m hoping you’ll enjoy these tales as well and you’re free to comment on them.


My favourite 101 stories were collected in the book YOU’RE GETTING SLEEPY, THE HYPNOTIST’S APPRENTICE YAWNED.

Available at the Createspace Store, at amazon.com, amazon.co.uk or any other Amazon store in your territory.  E-book is also available.


112 thoughts on “About 300 Stories

  1. Brenna says:

    I really like this idea, very creative! Good luck!

  2. Keyman says:

    300 words a day is easy. But writing a ‘good’ 300 word story isn’t. Good luck and I look forward to reading..

  3. Connie says:

    What a great challenge. I love micro-writing. Thanks for connecting. Look forward to reading your short pieces.

  4. Mr. Prose says:

    This is such a brilliant idea.

    I was thinking of undertaking a similar challenge myself.

    I like the idea behind micro-fiction. It forces a person to cut out a lot of verbosity in their writing.

  5. mikesteeden says:

    Sorry to bother you but where is the ‘follow’ button on your site? I want to ‘follow’ your posts yet – no doubt because I’m a twat – I can’t spot said button!

  6. What an ambitious project! Your goal inspires me to press on in my own writing.

  7. Kate Rauner says:

    I found a “novel in a month” challenge (http://nanowrimo.org/) that got me writing. No waiting for everything to be perfect – just do it. A short story a day – Good for you!

  8. zookyworld says:

    Great idea to spur on your writing with this challenge. And you’re a third of the way there! Keep up the writing, man.

  9. dawnhosking says:

    Sounds good

  10. This is brilliant. I think I am going to try this…

  11. This is what I tell myself often: you should write more…
    I will follow your example, but perhaps not you aim.
    Thank you for your ‘like’ of the Angel/Dancer… There is an example for you: it needs more of a story than just a paragraph.

  12. Thank you for following my blog, I’m looking forward to reading your Flash-Fiction. Great concept on getting the most story out of a confined word count.

  13. smahnoorr says:

    What a great idea! This is awesome! 😀 Looking forward to reading your stories! And by the way, thanks so much for following my blog!

  14. impressive undertaking……….you inspire!

  15. Mayumi-H says:

    Sounds like a great idea to get motivated. I’m interested to see how you’re progressing!

  16. catavillam says:

    What a great idea 🙂
    I need some kind of presure to keep my blog updated…
    Good luck !!

  17. Interesting blog concept.

    Limiting a story to a certain amount of words tends to be tricky, but in a way, it may teach a writer to eliminate any sentences that may “weaken” the story, or to rephrase things in a way that might strengthen it, too.

  18. […] 300stories is, just like The Matilda Project,  a great idea skillfully poured into a blog. The author is Dieter Rogiers. His idea is to write 300 stories in a year span. The condition is each one must be 300-words-long or shorter. That’s pretty cool if you ask me. Here’s a fragment of his explanation: […]

  19. Much interesting site, good luck with your mission!

  20. Red says:

    What an awesome idea for a blog Dieter! Thank you for visiting my blog and following. And, Happy New Year!

  21. ghostposts says:

    blogged thus one http://ghostposts.blogspot.com/
    also twitter, google plus and facebook

  22. Gwen Pegram says:

    WOW. This is one hell of a challenge. Good luck and I’ll be pulling for you.

  23. nrpin says:

    Excellent Mission. Best Wishes…

  24. What a bold challenge! Courage!

  25. thkoo says:

    love this idea! definitely look forward to reading your stories

  26. What a great idea! I wish you much success-
    Thank you too for visiting Move the Chair-I appreciate you taking the time to visit-

  27. Wow your 300 stories idea sounds really interesting and innovative! Also, thank you for stopping by and following my blog ^^

  28. Thanks for following my blog! In return I’ll definitely follow yours, it’s amazing!

  29. hiraman says:

    great idea. thanks for visiting my blog. will checking yours.i

  30. firecook says:

    Thank you for following my blog and I think if writing makes you happy then go for it:) Have a nice morning.

  31. Awesome idea. Awesome flash fic. Keep up the pace!

  32. russtowne says:

    Good idea! I just began following your blog. I’m compiling some anthologies of short stories. One is fiction encompassing suspense, thriller, mystery, and action genres. Another is non-fiction upbeat, inspiring, sometimes humorous slices of life type stories. I’d be happy to consider including one or more of your stories. If you might be interested and would like more details, please email me at russtowne@yahoo.com.

  33. hughiegibson says:

    you have an amazing talent and a fantastic voice. i admire how you manage to squeeze so much emotion into such a short space. Oh and thanks for the follow.

  34. I love the concept. How did you settle on 300?

  35. ehbates says:

    What a fabulous idea for a blog! I’m far too wordy for short stories, so I’m impressed with how much tension and emotion you can get out of less than 300 words.Thanks for following my blog–I’m glad to have found yours!

  36. kolyma42 says:

    This is a great idea! Love what I’ve read so far and might just follow your lead sometime…hope you don’t mind! Thanks for following my blog, too 🙂

  37. Great writing challenge! Turning the process into a blog keeps you honest, right? Thanks for stopping by my blog. Looking forward to reading more of you.

  38. A great way to challenge yourself is to do it publicly. It appears you are well in your way to achieving your goal. What are your plans once you’ve reached 300?

    • There should be some sort of book, collecting the best 100-odd stories. And after that, I’ve got plans for a new project. All will be revealed in due course 😉

  39. These are brilliant! I read a few today and enjoyed the sting or twist at the end. I wish I had known about them before number 268.

  40. graeylight says:

    Great idea! Very well done!

  41. terzahcain says:

    Nice mission! Go forth and publish a book after that!

  42. irajadloc says:

    I’m glad I took time to stumble into your blog! Looks like I have something to look forward to on WordPress from now on 🙂

  43. Trent Lewin says:

    Crazy… but very cool.

  44. Hi, I set myself a challenge to write 50 poems in a month. I completed the challenge and have my poems typed out and set in a pdf, I post them up once in a while, but don’t really know what to do with them. some of the stuff is good 😉 even if I have to say so myself. I like the challenge you have set yourself. Hope to mimic something similar in the coming days. Thanks for the inspiration!

  45. gbsp says:

    Thanks for following Dieter, and thanks for inspiring us all to write more!

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