Last week’s challenge: “Smashing Sub-Genres.”
Ah, first a bit of administrative: I have finally picked my favorite “opening line” story from way back when (SO MANY ENTRIES, and so many good entries, too), and I’m gonna toss the ring onto the hat of Valerie Valdes. Valerie! You should email me at terribleminds at gmail dot com.
Now, onto the challenge.
I admit that I’m kind of a sucker for random generators of various types and stripes. And so I point you to this one — “Fantasy Character Concept” generator.
Click that, you’ll get five different concepts. (Example: “A desperate air pilot is trying to get a date.”) It gives you that short little bit about the character and part of their conflict or desire. Simple, elegant, and ripe for the picking in terms of a flash fiction challenge.
Choose one of those random concepts.
Write a story (~1000 words) about that character.
Post at your online space.
Link back here.
You’ve got one week — due by Friday the 24th, noon EST.
Please to enjoy.
97 responses to “Flash Fiction Challenge: The Random Fantasy Character Generator”
I picked “A lively princess is looking to take over a powerful crime syndicate.” and that turned into this:
(Beware. It is way over 1000 words.)
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I chose “An irresponsible pirate searches for the Lost Isle”. Didn’t quite make 1000 words though….
“Cowardly conjurer seeks revenge.” 998 words. Now with 100% gratuitous Kansas!
Great Scott, I actually managed to make the deadline for a flash fiction challenge in time! The world must be ending.
Darksilvertree sent me the link. Can I add this one please?
“A slave is enslaved by orcs”
Hurray! My first response to one of your flash fiction challenges!
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Here it goes…”A woman called Clemencia”
Hello…. My flash fiction kinda got off track but I think there may be something salvageable in the story …… At http://deadwoodstories.blogspot.com…
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“Nebbish sorceror tries to get a date”: I give you “Love Potion No. 9”
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“An Old God’s Challenge”
“A glum empress is trying to kill a dragon to steal its treasure” – here is “the Empress and the Peanut”
Fun story! Of course I was rooting for the dragon. . .
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“A forlorn farmer searches for a legendary weapon.”
I had a lot more fun with this than I thought I would!
20 Days of Waiting: http://iamwritingwhileblack.wordpress.com/2013/05/24/flash-fiction-20-days-of-waiting-1000-words/
My prompt: A clumsy zombie is doomed to wander the world.
At 995 words, my entry is called Klutzy Kenny.
Here’s the link:
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Loved my character’s, but seemed too little time and space to do them justice. Still, here’s my attempt; at 992 words: Reclaiming the Bone Seeker – http://blog.icarusmortis.co.uk/2013/05/24/reclaiming-the-bone-seeker/.
“A brave poet is seeking a legendary weapon.” This was fun–played with a very different style, messing with that “high fantasy” tone.
“The Sword of Erken” http://www.ninjalibrarian.com/2013/05/flash-fiction-friday-sword-of-erken.html
Oh, yeah, and I totally had to give up on the word limit. Went about 300 over.
Here is my 1,083-word (and 30-minute late) story in response to the prompt:
“A(n) irresponsible pirate is trying to find a cure before it is too late.”
“A veteran peddler is seeking the Temple of the Mad God.”
“A misguided kidnapper is afraid of being recognized by an old acquaintance.”
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