One-Sentence Stories

Ruby Writes a Tag For Me | The Ruby Stories

     I was tagged recently, and I decided to do something a little bit different. The tag is combined with our monthly Ruby story. That way, I was able to get Ruby to help me with the writing! I hope you enjoy what she had to say.


  1. Thank the person who nominated you. Thank you so much, Vanessa! I hope you don’t mind I let Ruby do the writing for me!
  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 are 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.

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     Ruby pulled out the latest letter from her pen pal. Grace had sent her a challenge. Since Grace knew Ruby loved to write, she had sent her a challenge to write 5 one-sentence stories and send them in her next letter. For several minutes she stared at the blank page in her notebook. This was challenging! Finally, she began scribbling.

  • Mystery

     Tiptoeing into the dim room, he shone his flashlight into the dark recesses, wondering to himself if the clue was only to lead to this empty room – empty, that is, except for the opossum in the corner glaring at him with glowing eyes.

  • Western

     “Yee-haw!” she cried and leaped onto the bare back of the horse without a backward glance at the flooded river, her body gliding ahead with the rippling movement of the horse as they rode straight toward the setting sun.

  • Contemporary

     The microwave door opened with a click, putting an end to the insistent beeping that had told him his leftover fast-food sandwich and fries were hot; he pulled out the food, grabbed a frosty can of soda from his mini drink cooler, and headed to the zero-gravity chair next to the pool.

  • Historical

          Her hoop swished around her, then began to rise, forcing her to spin around a couple of times to bring it back down to the ground with a bounce, just in time for her to reach the door of the tiny churchhouse, go up the steps, turn sideways, and slip through the door, listening all the while to the piano sending out the notes of the prelude.

  • Adventure

          The canvas tent was flapping nearby, the creek rippled its way over the slate-gray stones, and birds chirped goodnight in the treetops; the boys had chosen the perfect location to camp, and they slid down into their warm sleeping bags with contented sighs, eager for a good night’s rest in preparation for tomorrow’s hike, sure to be an adventure of its own.

     With a flourish, Ruby laid down her pen and flexed the muscles in her hand.

     “That was fun,” she thought. “I’ll have to do this again sometime.” She continued thinking about how she was able to fit so much content and so many ideas into a single sentence.

Behold also the ships, which though they be so great, and are driven of fierce winds, yet are they turned about with a very small helm, whithersoever the governor listeth. Even so the tongue is a little member, and boasteth great things. Behold, how great a matter a little fire kindleth!

James 3:4-5

     “Our words truly are powerful,” she said to herself. “I think that’s why God tells us in His Word many times how we should and how we shouldn’t use our words. They can do a lot of good if used rightly to praise God and encourage others. But, gossip, lies, complaining, and other wrong speech can cause a lot of hurt and damage. I want to use every sentence, short or long, to honor the Lord and be a blessing!”

Watercolor of Ruby with her long red hair, and she is wearing a lavender dress


     Ruby snapped her notebook shut and placed her pen in the loop on the side of the notebook. This simple exercise had been a good reminder for her.

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     And now for the nominations!  Sarah Rhomberg, Alyssa, Kylie Hunt, Autumn, and You. If you have a blog, newsletter, or just want to do this for fun on your own, go right ahead!

Let’s Chat!

     Can you think of any positive ways that we can use our tongues and our words?

     Until next time, use your words for Jesus!

In Christ,


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  1. Aw, Bethany, this was so creative! Ruby wrote some very nice sentences – I especially loved the one with the possum in it! Hahaha, that is a mystery. And a thriller, in my opinion, because possums are scary. 🙂

    And it’s so true how important and powerful our words are. Thank you for that reminder! 🙂

    1. Thank you again for tagging me, Vanessa! And, I’m so glad that you enjoyed Ruby’s sentences. 🙂
      Your comment about opossums made me laugh! It would be pretty scary to meet one in a dark room like that.
      Thank you for the sweet comment!

  2. Autumn says:

    These were great! Thanks for tagging me!

    1. You’re welcome, Autumn! I hope that you have fun with the sentences!

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