Flash Fiction Challenge: A Terrible Lie

Last week’s challenge — “Choose Your Own Setting” — demands your eyeballs, so click, go, and read.

This week I said something like, “Blah blah blah, writers lie to themselves a whole lot.”

And therein lies this week’s challenge.

No, you needn’t write fiction in which you lie to yourself, but you must write fiction in which the characters lie to one another. The deception is the thing, you see? Every story thrives on conflict same as yeast thrives on sugar and bears thrive on honey (provided it was first stuffed in the chest cavity of a fleeing park ranger). Your task today is to make the core conflict of the story based upon or orbiting around a terrible lie.

If your story features no such lie, you will be ejected from the airlock and forced to fight space sharks.

There you go.

Other details?

Genre: Do as you will.

Length: 1000 words.

Due by: Friday, April 6th, noon EST.

Post online (not in the comments). Link back here.

That’s it. Go and write, my little lie-monkeys.

48 responses to “Flash Fiction Challenge: A Terrible Lie”

  1. Hmm I might actually try this if I remember reading it when I wake up tomorrow (I don’t know about you, but it’s past midnight here and I’m not good at retaining information when it’s given this late…) Sounds like this could be a lot of fun :3

  2. Ack. I have this great idea/outline for a story, but I’m currently doing the A-Z Blogging Challenge where you have to post a topic starting with a different letter of the alphabet every day (except Sundays). Rawr. I guess I’ll have to find a way to work the title in somehow…

  3. Well…I wrote the story, and am kind of horrified at myself for what came out. I will definitely not be sharing it on my blog. BUT I did do it. Thanks for the prompt!

  4. Aww hell, just noticed that I accidentally posted this on the wrong week’s blog! I swear I had this done in time… no really! Check the timestamp.

    Well anyway, since I missed the last 2 weeks’ challenges, I decided to mash-up all three challenges together for this week’s story. I give you: “The Fire Of The Gods” – set on a Lunar Base, with the characters all lying to each other.


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