Flash Fiction Challenge: 200 Words At A Time, Part 4

First round is right here.

Second round is right here.

Third round: boom, right here.

And we’re back.

This experiment has been kinda totally awesome so far.

This is the second to last part. Only one more round to go after this…

The rules are simple:

Look through the 600-word entries from last week (round three, linked above).

Pick one.

Add another 200 words to the story.

(Easiest way forward is to copy the chosen 600 words to your own blog, then add the next 200. Don’t forget to link to your unfinished 800-word story in the comments. Someone may want to continue the tale next week, for part four.)

You do not need to have participated in the earlier rounds to participate in this one.

Try to continue a story in which you have not yet participated.

Do not finish the story. This is a five-part fiction experiment: we’ll end the year with several 1000-word stories, each built out of 200-word chunks by you guys. This is a collaborative game. It is Whisper Down the Lane. It is Telephone. It should be very interesting by the end. One hopes.

You’ve got one week.

Due by Friday, December 20th, noon EST.

Join the narrative chain, won’t you?

158 responses to “Flash Fiction Challenge: 200 Words At A Time, Part 4”

  1. Here is my part 4 submission. We have an untitled piece staring Joe, who is confused about his lost son in the grocery store. You may read the latest version here:


    I am picking up after Josee (http://joseedeangelis.wordpress.com/2013/12/06/chuck-wendings-flash-fiction-challenge-part-3/comment-page-1/#comment-6) who picked this story up after Tony Taylor… and I am sorry, but I’ve lost track of who had it before that. So, I’m not sure who started it. But I had fun with it and hope whoever writes the ending will be kind enough to post a link to my blog so my readers can see how it ends. Thanks!

    • Sorry about this random non-comment. Had a little keyboard+curious toddler incident this morning and now I can’t figure out how to delete it. At least she only managed this, rather than switching the language to Chinese or turning the screen upside-down or something.

  2. My 16 yr old son, Iain, added to HPetterson’s contribution (HPetterson had added to Ely’s additions). It’s his very first time writing flash fiction in a public setting and with (I’m assuming) adults. He doesn’t have a blog, so I posted it onto mine.

    Please check it out and let us know if we did anything wrong. I’m a journalist and NOT a fiction writer. LOL


  3. […] there’s an awesome thing happening over at Chuck Wendig’s Terrible Minds blog. It’s this like game of telephone ala free for all flash fiction grab-and-literaturize. […]

  4. Randomly chose another story. I can’t wait to see how someone ends this.

    A world-renowned professor with either a secret or a trick of his sleeve visits a class to show them “the next level of human evolution” with his mysterious black box. He seems to take a particular interest in Alice. A smart girl, but a bit of an outsider . . .

    The first 200 by Dave Kearney: http://scenesandsequels.wordpress.com/2013/11/26/chuck-wendigs-flash-fiction-challenge-200-words-at-a-time-part-one/

    The next 200 by Rebecca B.: http://girlbooksblog.wordpress.com/2013/12/06/200-200-words-onto-words-a-flash-fiction-challenge/

    The third installment by http://decayingorbits.wordpress.com/

    My fourth installment, which takes this up to just past 900 words, can be found here: http://jeremiahboydstun.com/2013/12/16/200-words-part-iv-121513/

    • Oh my gosh, and there is only one more addition. I’ve been hoping someone would tell us what was in the garage. Great job.

  5. I had to miss part three as the day job got a bit hectic (thanks for getting born around now, Jesus) but will be throwing in another 200 or so this week. I feel the need to make up for my absence.

    I’ll even be so bold as to tout myself as a pen-for-hire; if there’s anyone with a chunk of story waiting to be added to from the last three parts, add a comment below this and I’ll do my best to bring you a step forward.

    As a side note, I love that there are so many of us surprised by the places our own words take us.

  6. OK, Since hpetterson did the 2nd 200 (ely did the first 200), I decided to keep the story on track and did the next 400. It’s up to date for the next person to finish. It still doesn’t have a title so the last person can name it. Here’s the link. It’ll be active 0300 Friday morning. http://wp.me/p2AyuM-g9

  7. […] week, I posted parts 1-3 of a Chuck Wendig’s collaborative flash fiction zombie piece called “A Real Live Corpse.” Ken Crump had written part 1, Mandy Webster […]

  8. I also had picked up the dark untitled piece begun by Adrienne, continued by j, continued by Smoph and now, by me. It’s up to 803 words now, and I hope to see an ending written for Part 5. No telling where this one could go!

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