Rules for Writing Cascaders

These are the rules to writing cascaders, the hybrid writing form I made up. I’ve tried to keep the rules open-ended so that it’s not TOO restrictive.

These are the rules to writing cascaders, the hybrid writing form I made up. I’ve tried to keep the rules open-ended so that it’s not TOO restrictive.

  1. A cascader starts with a short form of writing and gets progressively shorter, presenting different angles on the subject of choice to present a larger picture.
  2. A cascader must contain a 100 word story, a 50 word story and a 6 word story.
  3. A cascader must contain at least one other form of writing. Some options are sonnets, couplets, haiku, tweets (140 characters), verses or paragraphs, or any other short form of writing.
  4. Optionally, the 100 and 50 word stories may be about the same setting.

And that’s it! You could open a dictionary to a random page, choose a noun or verb and explore all its meanings with this style. I’ll be writing more cascaders in time and I’ll be trying to get this form to evolve and flourish. If you support or abhor the idea, tell me your views in the comments below!

I’ve written two cascaders already and they can be found here: Dragons and Hitchhiker

Thank you for reading!

Love and Regards,
Vaibhav.

  • Maybe write one on “Holes”. I’ve recently been working on a short film compilation of 6 word stories, and one of them is “Holes”, would love to see your take on the word.

    • Sure. It will be out by 4 PM IST tomorrow.