Flash Fiction Challenge: Choose Your Random Words

All right! This week’s challenge is late — I’d written one to post on Friday but WordPress… ate it? I don’t know. It was there one day, then the next it wasn’t. And by then I was at BEA partying with Grumpy Cat, so, it was too late.

Just the same, I’ve had a few folks email me and ask me to still do one.


Your challenge this week:

Pick three words from the list of ten.

Incorporate these words into your story.


  1. Scarecrow
  2. Mint
  3. Epidemic
  4. Tongue
  5. Republic
  6. Scorpion
  7. Divorce
  8. Moon
  9. Holiday
  10. Legend

Again: three words. Incorporate into the tale. Which doesn’t mean simply using those words — it means making them parts of the plot, characters, or motifs found within. You can choose these words randomly (d10 or random number generator) or eschew chaos and hand-pick ’em.

You’ve got (less than) one week.

Due by Friday, June 7th, noon EST.

Write ~1000 words at your online space. Link back here.


83 responses to “Flash Fiction Challenge: Choose Your Random Words”

  1. So glad you went ahead and did this. Saves me having to invent my own idea, you know? RNG gave me 1, 2 and 6. Sounds like in might fit into Skunk Corners, the world of the Ninja Librarian.

  2. I confess I was so distraught at missing your prompt I went back to March and picked 5 words from a challenge there. ‘ll reserve this list for another future emergency 🙂 “Dolphin Replay” still won’t appear on my blog till Friday, though.
    Glad you’re back, Chuck!

    • Before I set up my blog I posted to Archive of Our Own (http://archiveofourown.org/) and there are a number of other archives that will give you a place to post original work if you don’t have a website or blog of your own, and don’t want to create one.

      (Of course, I think you’d only need one if you want to share your flashfiction online afterwards – you could certainly write for the challenge without that. Um. Sorry for randomly seizing on your comment. I hope I said something helpful, at least.)

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