Flash Fiction Challenge: Down The TV Tropes Rabbit Hole

Last week’s challenge: “Another Roll Of The Dice

Given that earlier in the week we talked about tropes and in particular the infinitely-entertaining website known as “TV Tropes,” well…

Here’s your mission, should you choose to accept it.

Go to TVtropes.org.

In the top menu bar is a button called random.

I want you to click that button.

You’ll get a trope.

You will use this trope as the basis to write your flash fiction this week.

(Identify the trope for us so we can see your pick, please.)

Now, sometimes you’ll click it and you might get something specific to television or film, and okay, it’s totally fine to click a few times to get something that actually suits a ~1000-word piece of flash fiction. Nobody’s watching. Except me, in your ceiling.

You’ve got one week to write your story on your own online space and link back here — due by July 5th, at noon EST. Now to get tropey, willya?

118 responses to “Flash Fiction Challenge: Down The TV Tropes Rabbit Hole”

    • This is my first time writing flash fiction. And I haven’t written much creatively since college (um…we’ll call it a decade ago). So I’d LOVE you long time if you gave me some feedback.

      • This is impressive for your first attempt at flash fiction, especially if you haven’t really written creatively for so long. You’ve managed to develop an intriguing and clever story from a difficult trope (I would have skipped straight past that first one). There’s not much to fault here except for a few lines of dialogue that maybe seemed a bit forced. Try reading your dialogue (and everything) out loud a few times to yourself – it’s much easier to find something that sounds natural that way.

        Keep writing and you’ll soon find that it comes to you a lot easier and flows a lot smoother. One of the hardest parts of flash fiction is keeping your wordcount under control once the plot starts to develop. If this is your first attempt, then I’m excited to read what you write once you’ve got a dozen of these under your belt.

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