The “write in the present tense” challenge is just wrapping up. Won’t you check it out?
Earlier this week I was all like, “Blah blah blah, here’s 25 things about story structure.”
And in there I offered one particular structure for a story —
A seven-act spread.
There I wrote:
Behold, a rough seven-act structure: Intro (duh) –> Problem or Attack (duh) –> Initial Struggle (character first tussles with source of conflict) –> Complications (conflict worsens, deepens, changes) –> Failed Attempts (oops, that didn’t work) –> Major Crisis (holy goatfucker shitbomb, everything’s gone pear-shaped) –> Climax and Resolution (duh).
…and now I want to see those seven acts put into play.
In a 1000-word example of flash fiction.
Yes, that’s right. I want you to take your 1000 words and orchestrate a full seven-act arc from intro all the way to the climax and resolution, not missing a step in the middle.
You have, as always, one week. February 10th by noon EST.
Post your story at your blog or online somewhere, then drop a link to the comments so we can find it.
39 responses to “Flash Fiction Challenge: One Small Story In Seven Acts”
You’re killing me.
I really want to do this one, but I have so much editing (unpaid night job) and writing (hopefully future full-time job) to do, not to mention my day job (soul-sucking nightmare).
Gah. Who needs sleep.
Ooo…this one’s not going to be easy at all. I like it!
Great contest Chuck!
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I give you:
Thor the UPS Guy
@Amy – I know the soul-sucking nightmare. But even when you step away from it there is still no sleep in the “future full-time job.”
Adding this to the list of writing to finish before Feb. 10.
Thanks Master Wendig for the regular boot to writing butt.
@Casz – Ain’t no rest for the wicked, eh?
This was fun!!
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A little more serious than my previous entries, but I’ve realized I have absolutely no control over what comes to me and so, I give in.
Had good luck with Michael and Gabriel a few weeks ago, so here they are again:
I promised myself the next flash fiction I did would feature fluffy bunnies and, by god, it happened.
Don’t know about the fluffy part, but they are bunnies.
I’ve been following this blog for a while now. This is the first time I’ve commented, also the first time I’ve tried out a flash fiction challenge. I stayed up most of last night writing this (the hard part was trimming away almost 1000 words), and created a blog just to post it. Take a look if you’re curious, comment if you like it. Constructive criticism is appreciated.
The sequel to the story I wrote for the Random Song Flash Fiction Challenge.
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I thought this would be much more difficult than it ended up being. I seriously stressed over it for a couple hours until I realized that The Wonder Pets pretty much follows the same structure, more or less. And then I just needed a muse, which ended up being a conversation with my soul mate about robbing banks and stealing Chargers. And then, viola! Words danced and here it is 🙂
Been waitin’. Been lurkin’. I’ll be your huckleberry.
I liked this a lot, and will definitely try my hand at more of them.
This was fun! I would have liked a bit more than 1000 words so that I could properly flesh out the acts, but I suppose I should be grateful that the limitation stopped me from waxing poetically for 3000 words or more. http://eileen-alphabet.livejournal.com/18898.html
I did it!
The Ghost Ship has been finished!
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A bit of ‘Sword and Sorcery’ based on Skyrim. It’s FanFic but I think it holds up as a piece of fiction on it’s own.
Comments are always welcome and actively encouraged. Have at it.
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Straight outta Innistrad, it’s the Thraben Witch: http://www.blueinkalchemy.com/2012/02/07/flash-fiction-the-thraben-witch/
(Yes, I’ve been playing a lot of Magic lately, why do you ask?)
This is the first one of these challenges that I’ve done. I fear I’m doomed to become addicted to them…
Toasted Wiring clocked in at 672 words and 100mpcompletelyridiculous. Thanks for the challenge! http://ilonatherose.wordpress.com/
Toasted Wiring clocked in at 672 words and 100mpcompletely ridiculous. Thanks for the challenge!
Can it be less than 1000 words?
I definitely don’t expect you to nail the 1000 words exactly. 🙂
I can be range from 10 – 1000 words!
I found this difficult. Therefore I should do it more.
Also, not quite sure what an arc is.
First-time poster here. I couldn’t resist the challenge.
Yeah, I can count. I failed by about 200 excess words. But after a long editing session, I’m satisfied that I’m disqualifying myself in style.
Thanks for pushing me to write something decent!
This was fun – I reworked an idea I’d had to fit the structure, it did help. Didn’t think you could apply these to a short story – guess you can. Tried to do in present tense too – why not?
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Interestingly, to me, the “Failed Attempts” part was the longest and the most full of character development. Seems true to life…
Thanks, C-Diddy. Been a while, and it was good to get that one out of my head. Though, it’s still a bit rough.
And now that my brain-pan is clear, I’ll start reading y’all’s!
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