Flash Fiction Challenge: Song Shuffle Stories


Some administrative stuff — first, don’t hesitate to run your eyeballs over last week’s challenge, “Revenge Of The The Sub-Genre Mash-Up.” Some very cool and bizarre-o stories there that deserve your unswerving gaze. Second, regarding Blackbloom: Blackbloom is not dead, but I am putting it on hold in order to take a look at some new ways of handling it. Not only were the last two challenges a bit wan in terms of content but my time as of late is busy enough where it’s difficult for me to properly give the challenge the time it deserves. Oh, and I worry that it took the focus off the flash fiction challenges too much by alternating week to week? I don’t know. More on that soon-ish, I hope.

This week’s challenge is based off of music.

Your music, actually.

Go to Your Favorite Music Player. Dig out your digital music collection.

Maybe this is iTunes or Spotify, or use Pandora if you’d rather go that way.

Hit SHUFFLE, then “Play.”

Meaning, let a random song come bubbling up out of nothing.

The title to this song is the title to your story.

Use the song for inspiration, too, if you feel so inclined.

Let’s tighten up the word count a little, too —

You only have 500 words this time.

Once again, the deadline is a week: noon EST on Friday (DUN DUN DUN) the 13th. Any genre will do. Post at your blog or whatever Internet space you’ve carved out, and link here so we can all come gaze at your fictional offerings on the terribleminds altar. Some folks ask what they do if they don’t have a blog? You can post direct to comments here, but that often looks shitty in terms of formatting. You can try Google+ or Tumblr. Or, get an easy Blogspot or WordPress blog on a lark.

Crank some tunes. Splatter some ink.

See you on the other side.


115 responses to “Flash Fiction Challenge: Song Shuffle Stories”

  1. I love this challenge!
    Like Dan, I don’t have one of those gadgets you mix and match on, and I rarely listen to any music but whatever’s playing in my head.
    But I’ll figure out a way.
    I’m glad the weekly challenges are back.

  2. Chuck,

    Was just going to lurk, but tried the random shuffle. Afraid I’d get “Fireworks” by Katie P. But up came Beck’s “Farewell Ride”. Damn it, now I gotta play. Time for virtual inksplatter.

  3. Tried the shuffle.
    First thing to pop up was “Pimsleur Russian: Lesson 16”

    Since I haven’t quite made it to lesson 16 I don’t think I’m up to the task.

    *taps player again*
    Why does this feel like Russian Roulette?

  4. […] Chuck’s Challenge this week was to spin the random wheel on whatever music we listen to, and the first song that comes up, use that as the title. Five hundred words. No other restrictions. I was glad that a song by Paul Westerberg came up. I would have taken any song of his, any at all, just so I could tell you people that if you haven’t heard of him or haven’t heard him, give it a listen. He was quirky before Zooey Deschanel, and influential to a host of artists, including Kurt Cobain. (The album “Nevermind” is named after a song Westerberg wrote. No lie.) I had never heard of him before 2006, but based on a poorly recorded version of one his songs (“Attitude”) I drove 100 miles with a friend to see him. I was completely unfamiliar with all of his music, and it was one of the best concerts I had ever been to. There’s more to Milwaukee than just Prince. To see more musical mayhem and fiction, two-step on over here: Chuck Wendig’s Flash Fiction Challenge: Song Shuffle Stories […]

  5. Usually way to chicken to do stuff like this but iTunes came up with TNT for the Brain (Enigma), so… if I can get my three other projects to shut up long enough for me to work a flash fiction…

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