Flash Fiction Challenge: Random Song Title Story Challenge


Last week’s challenge: randomized title challenge!

This week is easy enough:

I want you to pull up a random song. You can do this on iTunes, Spotify, Pandora, whatever music service or library you choose. Then I want you to take the title of the song it randomly chooses and make that title your story title. You aren’t required to take inspiration from the song’s music or lyrics, though that’s certainly an option.

That’s it, really.

I am going to make this the last flash fiction challenge of the year, so I’m going to open up the word count a good bit — 3,000 words or less. So, you’ve got a higher ceiling than usual (and this isn’t really flash fiction anymore, at least in terms of length). The deadline, though, we’ll keep at a week just so the speed of the thing remains in play somewhat.

Due by next Friday, noon EST.

Write it at your online space.

Drop a link back here in the comments.

If you’re so inclined to also link to a place where we can hear the song: extra cool.

Grab a song and write.

And have a great holiday, word-nerds. SEE YOU ON THE OTHER SIDE.


56 responses to “Flash Fiction Challenge: Random Song Title Story Challenge”

  1. I love this challenge , ok I admit I’ve always done this. But the full lyric one, where I adapt the lyrics to the story or rather flesh them out in interesting ways.

    I’ll chose one I’ve been thinking about for a while.

    Leah Andreone ~ Dive In

  2. […] Chuck Wendig’s final fiction challenge of the year is another random title one. This time the title comes from a random song that comes up on your Pandora, or radio, or music service you use. The song title is your title. Use the story in the lyrics or not. The length is 3000 words or less (and I’m sure I’m going to be focusing on “less.”) Post by next Friday. […]

  3. 1) I’m planning on creating short story anthologies based off of song titles, so this was a nice intro into how that would play out (no pun intended). In the future, I know I won’t be able to publish a story with the song’s lyrics in it, but I wanted to for this particular story.

    2) Yes, this story will be part of a book. It’ll be in a series I’m planning on writing and I consider this a scene within the book.

    3) Hozier was the artist of the year for me this year. I had a chance to hear his album for free on Youtube and in addition to his “Take Me to Church” song (which I could listen to all day. On repeat), this other song spoke to me as well. I didn’t play it all day long, but I listened to it over and over and this is the story that came from my pencil.

    A link to the song is included in the post. Feedback/comments greatly appreciated. Enjoy!
    http://wetpantystories.com/2014/12/22/wps-shawties-arsonists-lullabye/

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