To be honest, I'm also surprised the 100 Word Weekly Challenge is not more popular. It was a huge success on the previous LF Board. So much so, that I took it upon myself to write little comments on all the submitted stories, after voting had taken place. However, there has been a lot going on since the new LF came into being. First, NaNoWriMo and then the "Ruin/Rise" contest with its associated voting and critiques. I'm hopeful interest will pick up once the initial dust has settled. Maybe it needs to be advertised a little better?
While advertising could work, maybe upping the points?
Granted, I should be participating in them more too. XD Though it feels cheating because I pick the prompts. I'm not going to fuss too much with the holiday weekend following the contest and NaNo... Just need to advertise more - OR maybe have a few hosted in Discord to see if that plays to spark some fun.
I never did these before because I'm absolutely horrible at trimming things down into a neat little story. Even a short story, let alone 100 little words! This was tough, but fun.
It IS tough! In the old forum, I never put my hand to the weekly, b/c I thought, "Hell, it's hard for me to write anything comprehensible that's less than 1000 words. I'll never manage 100." So this has been amazing practice at capturing a single thought/moment/whatever. Just as challenging as I expected, but way more fun than I thought it would be.
For the most part, I tend to be a very over-flowery descriptive composer of tales, so 100 word challenges really help me to trim away the fat. To be honest, when I first gave these types of challenges a shot, I never ever thought I'd make it down to the word limit and still produce something that was even comprehensible by way of a complete story.