December 21, the shortest day of year, has a lot to say. For instance, Short Story Day is celebrated today. Coincide? Maybe. Also, we have a famous Crossword Puzzle Day. If you love literature and are on hunt to find good authors, this is your day. Short stories, unlike novels, tell us a lot about the author’s writing style. Especially whether we like their flow or not. Crossword puzzles are super fun, especially when you solve them in one go. Know more about them below.
Crossword Puzzle Day
We all love a good puzzle. Every morning, some of us love to solve daily puzzles. The aim of crossword puzzles is to fill white spaces with given clues. Also, clues are riddles. There are many benefits to solving a puzzle. Not only is it fun but also delays the effects of dementia. It increases problem-solving skills. It can release everyday stress. Initially it can be challenging, but the end result is fun. It has many variants. Questions can be based on quotes, famous events, tributes, etc.
‘Our Young Folks’ coined the term “ crossword puzzle” in the US. However, the first puzzle was published in the New York World. On December 21, 1913 Arthur Wynne published a ‘word-cross’. Later, an illustrator changed it to ‘crossword’. Not only in the US, the puzzle is also famous across the world. In England, a simple version of crossword i.e. word square. It was printed in a children’s puzzles book.
How to celebrate?
One of the best ways to celebrate it to solve a puzzle. Not just normal wordcross but also it’s variations. If you know more than one language, you can solve non-English puzzles too. You can play online crossword games and invite your friends. There are many puzzles with different themes. You can create new crosswords on different websites. You can share your own puzzle on social media. Share and play online under #CrosswordPuzzlesDay.
Short Story Day
Storytelling is the most powerful way to put ideas into the world.
Bookworm or not, a good fairy tale is we all love to hear. You may not prefer reading a story. But stories are not limited to reading. It can be a visual representation. You can now also listen to audios. However, these efforts are futile if the writer has no ideas. December 21 celebratespinter, efforts of young writers who put their ideas into a piece of paper. It is a good way to start writing your ideas in the form of small chapters. Continue this till you reach the pinnacle of writing.
With the rise of newspapers and magazines, short stories became popular in the late nineteenth century. Previously it existed in oral form. Middle class literacy in the 1800s drew people’ s attention towards short stories. Writers also used this trend to publish their stories. It made a small step towards mature writing. Main credit goes to Anton Chekhov. He started modern short story writing. Some famous short stories of all times include: The Metamorphosis, A Study in Scarlet, The Gift Of Magi, The Monkey’s Paw, etc. Also, one famous movie adaptation of a short story has to be Scott Fitzgerald’s “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button”.
How to celebrate?
You start penning down your own ideas. It doesn’t have to be in too many words. Short stories can range from one thousand to twenty thousand words. You can also write flash short stories that are less than fifteen hundred words. For that you can visit websites like Medium or Wattpad. You can also revisit your favourite authors. If you don’t prefer re-reading a story, you can explore new writers. Also, many websites like Wattpad, Inkitt allow users to read stories for free. Make sure you support and appreciate works of young writers.
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