(Sorry folks — was without Internet for a couple-few days. We’re back on now, though.)
I’ll make this challenge easy, by which I mean, easy for me. Difficult for you.
I want you to write a story in the form of social media.
Meaning, I want your 1000 words to take the form of:
Twitter, Facebook, a blog post, Instagram, something, anything online.
Meaning, you will tell a fictional story using social media as the framing. You will post this at your blog or other online space, formatted accordingly — it’ll be due by next Friday, 2/5 at noon EST. Any genre will do. Be sure to link back here so we can all see what you wrote.
Now go do.
[EDIT: due to some confusion over the challenge, let me add a bit to clarify — what I mean is, you know how an epistolary work is fiction in the form of a letter to someone or some other document? Assume this to be a digital social media epistolary form. Your story should be written as if it takes place on social media — though, even e-mail could work. It is a fictional construct, a narrative that assumes the form of something other than straight prose. ]
62 responses to “Flash Fiction Challenge: Yes I Know It’s Sunday Not Friday Shut Up”
I’m sorry, I’m confused. You want 1000 words told as in a character is tweeting or blogging or instagramming or tumblring? Because just posting those 1K on a blog is …all of the challenges? So this is a fictional tale told through those things so I could make fake tweets on my blog from characters? Do I get to use back and forth? Sorry, just trying to make sense of it.
I’m not asking that you actually tweet a story (though that would also be an option) — but rather, write a story as if it takes place on Twitter or through the format of Twitter. Or any other social media: blog, FB, Tumblr, even email.
Ah, this helps very much. Thanks for the clarification. I will go forth and fake tweet. I may even make use of a fake tweet maker.
Like Mariah, I’m a bit confused. I love the idea, but when we end up posting it you want it to look like some form of social media, correct? Sounds like a fun challenge, not sure how I’ll format that.
Fake tweet makers http://simitator.com/generator/twitter/tweet this is the one I’ve come across. I’m sure there are others out there. But this one looks like it can do twitter and facebook which is a good start.
I am not following the challenge at all. A fictional story you post on social media? About social media? Sorry, I don’t understand.
I love you because of that title. That’s all.
Added a bit to clarify!
Is this what you had in mind?
That was great.
Thanks, Beth. Glad you liked it 🙂
…this was AWESOME! 😀
Thank you 🙂
I’m going to use Twitter! My entire story will be in the form of Tweets. Stay tuned.
Read it. Left a comment.
that is powerful. its a disgrace that this happens to people on a regular basis.
Thank you! What’s disgusting is how empowered people feel to unleash all their biases over the Internet.
Wouldn’t let me comment, but I wanted to say — nicely done! Considering this is how Twitter actually IS for women, it’s almost hard to read — but good!
I read it and left a comment. I am not sure if it got lost in moderation though, so you may see two from me, I tried posting more than once. Great Job.
Very cool writing prompt/challenge indeed.
Ooh this is interesting! I hope I’ll be tackling this prompt the right way lol
This one was hard. Hard is good for the learning and growth and all that. And also this post came up at exactly the right time so I got it out fast! (No audio, but pictures.)
Clever!! Enjoyed this very much. And the details like increased followers- well done 🙂
I did my best… I hope this was what you were looking for, Chuck. 😀
Good one! I tried to leave a comment, but your blog froze. I might have lost the internet. Oh no!
So happy you enjoyed it. Some of it was true … like the NYE party I went to and the Girl’s Day out…. while the rest of it was all made up. The sick old lady in unit 33 was true… but she’s not passed on – yet.
People just keep to themselves so much in unit/townhouse complexes that sometimes you have to wonder, right? 😀
And by the way… your post made it through. 😀
This was pretty awesome; thanks for sharing!
I couldn’t leave a reply on the blog — blogger hates meeeee
But anyway, well done! An enjoyable read.
Flash Fiction post: Ronny Hayes “Inquest of the Truth”
A Werewolf Whisperer tale by Camilla Ochlan and Bonita Gutierrez http://werewolfwhisperer.com/inquest.html
I loved this!
So glad. Thanks!
Nice! Great way to convey the story without really even saying that much. Fun read 🙂
Thanks! We had fun writing it.
I’m going to point you at the very second long-form story I wrote, back in ’09, a zombie apocalypse story in the form of a twitter timeline, entitled “JenniM16”
Very cool zombie story. Unique. Intense. Interesting to read from end to beginning.
Thank you 🙂
I think I’m jealous. Genius.
Well done. REALLY intense, good read. Love how it speeds up and gets more and more tense, faster paced, nail-biting. Excellent.
I’m gonna try it…always a good idea to attempt new (and weird) things
I tried and never finished something like this 5 years ago. The story of a thief and his crew discovering a great adversary.
It’s kind of weird reading old writing. *tries to burn down internet*
Hopefully I can give it a better ending now than I could 5 years ago. The Twitter handle is @BaronIsaac if anyone wants to follow along.
This link should work. I’m gonna try and update it in real time like I used to. Should bring the climax around Thursday night/Friday morning.
This is actually quite lovely — though your link to a mobile website made it a bit odd to read, but! Not bad. And it’s fun to read the Baron’s voice.
Great job! I really enjoyed that!
Oh i going to try this out.
it is not only a good exercise but someone has published a book by doing this. Azraels stop. it was made using twitter, each tweet was its own story set in a lovely inn, which is frequented by death himself.
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Ever have one of those days when your character does all the talking? (Come on, admit it.) Anyway, my take on the challenge is a blog interview with one of my characters: A Blog Interview With Arekan Mor’a’stan. Here Arekan waxes on the value of social media and my marketing skills as an author.
Ha! Fun (bleeping) interview.
Mine is set in a fictional chat room / facebook style social media thingy. I was going to go zombie apocalypse but decided for something much less subtle.
In my format I found going for description near impossible, its mostly 700 words of dialog. But hopefully there is some form of scene setting.
Totally cracked me up. I love the inserted ads. Definitely funny 😀
Okay so here’s my attempt – It’s in Second Life. http://wp.me/p226Mq-2Z
If this shows up twice, apologies. Loading the comment got stuck. It’s a bit short, but I hope you enjoy Sir Woebegone’s latest outing.
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Shit shit shit shit shit I forgot!
And I really liked mine this time.
So… fuck deadlines, I guess?
Come read my story.
Wow! Super intense! Good job!
I’m a little late on this one, but I hope you enjoy it anyway. Story as if it were on twitter.
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This is a slice of life style story using Facebook. It is kind of dark, because I wrote it. It is really late to be posting, but I spent so much time with it, I felt I had to post it anyway.
Creepy! Nice job. The “boyfriend material” pickup line was perfect.
I actually googled terrible pick up lines. There is a lot more out there than I thought.
I know, I’m super late. I actually wrote it on time, and then forgot about it. Busy week.
Technically, this is an email correspondence, sort of a “You’ve Got Mail” meets “Ring” in under 1000 words. Enjoy.