Flash Fiction Challenge: 200 Words At A Time, Part One

Last Week’s Challenge: Find Your Favorite Opening Line

Administrative head’s up — still tallying which of the opening lines were used the most in the last challenge (unless, ahem, anyone feels like taking that bullet for me).

This week is going to be the start of a five-part challenge that should take us up to and through Christmas. This is a bit of an experiment, so, who the hell knows if it’s going to work? But it is what it is and hey, I wanna try this out, see what happens.

I want you to write the first 200 words of a story.

This will not be a complete story.

Again: this is just the start of a story.

This is, in fact, 1/5th of a story.

You will finish this by noon EST on the following Friday, which is the 29th of November.

Then — and I’ll remind you of this next Friday — you’ll take someone else’s 200 words and continue that story for 200 more (for a total of 400 words). The goal being to end up with a 1000-word story after five total challenges. Each time around you’ll grab someone else’s story and add 200 words to it. We’ll play this weird narrative whisper-down-the-lane variant until roughly the end of the year. So, for right now…

Post your 200 words at your blog.

Link back here. (That part is critical, obviously.)

You’ve got a week.

Go write!

302 responses to “Flash Fiction Challenge: 200 Words At A Time, Part One”

    • I’m wondering this myself. I’m assuming Chuck will match people up with a story to continue, but considering the number of entries, that’s going to be a job and a half. Alternatively, we pick which one we want to do, but the pitfall there being, what if loads pick the same stories and others don’t get picked at all? I’m sure we’ll find out on Friday… 🙂

  1. Ok, here’s mine. Listening Post. Exactly 200 words.

    I haven’t done one of these for several months. I’m gonna have to make a tree of the results, if anyone picks mine. That could be interesting in itself.

    • Alright I gave it my best shot….really enjoyed your imagery…but man that was tough…I wasn’t sure where to go so I am going to let you fly with it…if you want? cheers Hank click on my name and scroll.

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