This challenge is a strange one. It came to me (IN A DREAM okay not really in a dream) and I thought, “Well, that’s a bit curious, innit?” So, I figured I’d float it, see who grabbed hold.
I want you to write the last 1000 words of a non-existent novel.
In other words: “the ending.”
Now, you can be a bit meta with this — the ending in your mind may be a tidying up, a denouement, or you may instead choose to write a climactic end moment before imaginarily closing the curtains.
Also, those 1000 words are a loose set of guidelines. Could be 500, could be 1500 — whatever you need.
So, get to writing, folks.
I’ll send a random participant an ART HARDER, MOTHERFUCKER mug, provided you’re in the United States. If you’re international, I’ll send you an e-book. Or naked pictures of myself rubbing food into my beard, whatever you prefer.
Your deadline is noon EST, Friday, December 7th.
Now let’s bring this utterly fake book inside your head to a close.
46 responses to “Flash Fiction Challenge: “The Last 1000 Words Of An Non-Existent Novel””
If we are in the United States can we opt for the naked pictures of you rubbing food in your beard instead of the mug? Or maybe you can slip one of those pictures in the mug before packing it up and shipping it out.
In The Tunnels, or “How to survive when you’re trapped between Tijuana and San Diego in an underground drug tunnel.”
Full disclosure: much of this was written before, but I pulled it out of the unfinished bin and revised for the contest and made the scene into a novels ending.
And I forgot a link: http://markmatthewsauthor.blogspot.com/p/in-tunnels-draft.html
Gee, homework on a Friday?
Finish One novel?
Heck; why not finish them all?
My brain is still a bit fried after finishing NaNoWriMo, so I tossed down something fun.
[…] response to Chuck Wendig’s latest Flash Fiction challenge, I thought I’d have a go. So here is the end of a story that will probably never exist […]
Well, here goes: http://gaiesebold.com/?p=101
It’s a bit short, but that seemed to be all it wanted to be.
Anything to keep from cleaning the house after NaNo
Now to go make a fire. It’s like 55° in this room!
flash fiction submission yo: http://www.amalynneo.com/corporate-encounters.html
Oh, and you know why you had this dream… because Fiction Faze flash fiction was born “a la meme temps,” the stars are aligned *twilight zone theme song*.
This is an awesome way to warm up for the launch of our flash fiction hub Dec. 15th.
I’ll try not to get too hot and bothered thinking about your beard while I alert our community.
First challenge entry ever, pro style.
It seems super tame compared to these intense submissions. All feels-y and whatnot. I WRITE LIT FIC OKAY.
Okay, I didn’t find an immediate need to write the thousand word conclusion of the imiginary novel but the line, “The guy could be the Chuck Wendig of vascular reconstruction some day.” popped into my head. I don’t know what that means exactly, but I’ll probably follow up on it.
Crap! The word is “imaginary” of course. Doh!
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Well, that was a lot more difficult than I thought it would be. Still, it’s done now.
After he’s saved every one of us… what then?
[…] Behold, the last 1000 words of a non-existent novel. […]
First Ever (Submitted) Entry: http://alwayscheckforspiders.weebly.com/1/post/2012/12/december-03rd-2012.html
How does the Chuck find the time to write if he spends all week reading Friday Flash Fic-stravaganza entries? Monkey butlers? Or is he a wizard who can summon demons from the nether regions?
That kicked ass Nat! Is there a reason your blog is closed to comments? Oh, and uh, I don’t think the demons that come out of Chuck’s nether regions can read and write…
Thanks. I’d say the subject was close to my heart but it’s not – I just find it really fucking annoying. The reasons my blog is closed to comments are a) I don’t know how to open it to comments, and b) I’ve seen YouTube comments.
Aw c’mon Nat, embrace the criticism of the www! Comments, good and bad, are just fuel. In the words of Marcellus Wallace, “You feel that sting, big boy, huh? That’s pride FUCKIN’ with you! You gotta fight through that shit!”
Trapped beneath the sea:
[…] notes: Challenge curtsey of the always wonderful Chuck Wendig and can be found here. This is last chapter of a story, I am currently doing some brainstorming and outlining on. […]
The mirror people are defeated – for now anyway – but there are still loose ends to tie up in the last part. http://evathereseebert.wordpress.com/2012/12/03/flash-fiction-challenge-the-last-1000-words-of-an-non-existent-novel/
Am I submitting these correctly? Here goes
Last 1000 words of a novel!
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“To Be Continued…”
About 700 words.
Consider it an homage to all that is cheese and pulp.
Now I’ve got to write this novel… not to see how it turns out, but to see how it started.
But it must get in line, for I shall finish what I started before I finish what I just ended.
*goes to lie down a minute*
I give you “In My End is My Beginning”, which is really an ending begging for a sequel, because I like endings that ask questions as well as answer them.
It always takes me a few days to really marinate one of these ideas, but I think this one is all right, for the ending of a novel that doesn’t have a beginning or middle.
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I went kind of short with this one.
even so, this one was fun.
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Kind of got a not so kind comment about my blog today from a group of people. 🙁 The writing keeps me going though, so I won’t be quitting anytime soon. That might be why I prefer blogging communities instead of social networking ones. 😉
More difficult than I expected, more fun than I had hoped.
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Okay, first time doing this hope you enjoy
Good job. I liked the dialogue. 🙂
I didn’t have a blog; I guess I do now:
I’ve been meaning to start doing these, and this one was too great to let the deadline pass on.
I’m too tired to figure out whether it sucks or not though, so feedback from anyone is welcome.
Fighting with Typepad again – can’t seem to cut and paste cleanly into it. Took me longer to post this than write it I think.
Here’s mine – An Ending
Sweet. I have 14 minutes to the deadline.
[…] my entry into Chuck’s newest challenge over at […]
Here’s my entry. Hope I make it under the wire…
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