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Okie dokie, hawks and doves, here’s the deal this week: I want you to pick a song you really, really like. A song that moves you at the lyrical level — THE WORDS REALLY SPEAK TO YOU, WOW, WHOA, JEEZ. Now, take a slice of those words — a smidgen of the lyrics, a line, a short stanza — and use them as the theme or basis for a bit of flash fiction. (Example: I’m a huge Concrete Blonde fan — and some of you are sadly asking, “Who?” —... Read The Rest →
AND WE ARE BACK. *waves* The holidays are over, and the time to commence with great wordsmithy is upon us. And by “great,” I mean, ennnh, you know, a thousand words or so. Let’s jump in with a theme, or, rather, the hint of a theme — the overall topic is the danger of undeserved power. What that means to you or says to you is yours alone. Get writing. Length: ~1000 words Due by: Friday, January 12th, noon EST Post at your online space. Drop a link to it in the comments... Read The Rest →
So, I love the predictive text meme, where you tell a short little story or poem or sentence based on the predictive text your phone or mobile device gives you — Like, last week, one was to type in “I was born” and then let predictive text fill in your autobiography, and mine came up with: “I was born a perfectionist and a monster I had no idea what I was doing” And I thought, goddamn, that’s fucking good. That’s “opening line of a memorable novel” good. So, let’s play... Read The Rest →
I have Yeats on the mind, today, so we return to the flash fiction challenges (hi! back from traveling!) with you writing a story based on that central theme of Yeats’ poem, The Second Coming, meaning this gem right here: “Things fall apart; the center cannot hold.” You will take this core idea, this theme, this argument. You will write it into some flash fiction. Length: ~1000 words. Due by: November 3rd, noon EST (Friday). Post at your online space. Link to it in the comments. Go write.
Trees are amazing. Trees are givers of life in many ways. Trees, like this one, can be weird or scary. Your job, this week, is to write a 1000-word piece of flash fiction about — you guessed it, a tree. A tree must be involved. It can be a character or a setting or some other part of the tale. It can be good or evil or neither of the two. It can be part of a horror story, a redemptive tale, a fantasy story, a crime narrative. Whatever you want.... Read The Rest →
So, every good story has an argument. It has more than a point-of-view — it has a point. Maybe it’s one you intend, maybe it’s one that crawls up out of the wet goop that is your unconscious mind. Who knows? Either way, the story exists and the story says something. It’s not an obvious thing. It’s more the plumbing behind the walls than the walls themselves. But it’s there. Whispering its message through the vents. That’s a story’s theme. Today, I’m going to give you a theme. And you’re (duh)... Read The Rest →