Last week’s challenge: Ten Little Chapters
I have chosen ten random words.
Your goal: to choose five of these and incorporate them into a single piece of flash fiction.
There’s your list.
Write 1000-word short story.
Post at your blog or online space.
Give us a link to the story in the comments below.
Any genre will do.
Due by April 4th, noon, EST.
181 responses to “Flash Fiction Challenge: Five Random Words”
I ended up following a bizarro tangent with this one.
[…] week’s Chuck Wendig challenge: Five Little Words. I went with hermit, topaz, djinn, whalebone, and orphan. More an urban fantasy piece, and […]
Alright, here’s mine. The Whalebone Cane
I think that’s a great little story.
I wrote mine with the words Foxglove, Casket, Orphan, Topaz, and Hermit.
Greek Mythology just kinda happened when I didn’t expect it to, but yeah.
I call it “Pandora’s Envelope”
Really enjoyed your deceased character.
Here’s my attempt. Pretty rough, but I had fun writing it 🙂 http://robinlmartinez.wordpress.com/2014/04/01/topaz-burke-answer-to-chuck-wendig-flash-fiction-challenge/
[…] challenge this week was to pick five words of a list of ten and use them all in the story. I randomly picked […]
I picked Whalebone, Foxglove, Acid, Orphan and Topaz. And here’s my story. The Heist.
We picked the same words and yet our stories are so different! Enjoyed your version – are you going to do anything more with it?
Thank you CF. I don’t know, this story popped into my head almost fully formed, but I like Kyouki and would like to see what is up with the ring and the Hidden Man, so I guess it is not out of the question.
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That was really neat! I want to know who, or what, the heck was in the cane now!
Hey there Emmerson, was that comment directed at me?
Yes I’m sorry haha
[…] For the Terribleminds Flash Fiction Challenge, Five Random Words. […]
Hound. Hermit. Orphan. Topaz. Foxglove.
Granny needs some small things.
Love the ending. Very sweet.
(I used the same assortment of words.)
The Hermit. Curses aren’t always black and white.
Here are the words:
Over on http://nanowrimoroman.blogspot.co.uk/ is my offering. ‘Another tale from the Han’
Casket, Hermit, Djinn, Hound, Topaz.
Thanks Chuck for the prompt. It’s made me write my first short story in several years!!!
I’m up for this one. I’ve been away a long time, so the “writing muscle” may be weak, but the mindset is strong. Good to be back.
Apologies for an egregious violation of the word limit. Meet Hamm: http://gigantocellularis.tumblr.com/post/81606676890/flash-fiction-hamm
This is good stuff, never mind the word limit. I think you should write more about Hamm.
I actually finished, sort of, a story for this one. It may be more of a beginning than a finished story. The link is: http://murgatroid-98.livejournal.com/3486.html
It’s called Djinn and Tonic. I hope y’all like it.
I finally finished it! It’s called The Reveur. Any feedback/ critique would be more than welcome 🙂
[…] deadline. I thought a no-pressure challenge would be good for me, and 1000 words isn’t much. This week, Mr. Wendig gave ten random words and the challenge was to use five of them in the […]
I chose the words whalebone, djinn, orphan, hermit and topaz. I overshot the word limit somewhat, but I’m quite proud of what I came up with. Here is the link:
If nothing else this challenge has been a success in that I wrote something every night this week, and I finished what I started. Hurray! I haven’t read any of the other responses because I wanted to get my story out first, but I’m looking forward to digging in this weekend.
So many of these stories leave me wanting more. This is one of them.
Mine goes live in a couple of hours. More from Gorg the Troll, because it just seemed like the right thing to do.
That’ll be http://ninjalibrarian/2014/04/d-is-for-friday-flash-fiction.html
ok, it’s early here.
Well, and obviously it was late here when I posted mine! Thanks for fixing that!
[…] new and interesting assignment this week in Chuck Wendig’s Flash Fiction Challenge! The usual 1,000 words, any genre, utilizing somewhere any five words from a list of ten random […]
This was a fun one. “Whalebone,” “casket,” “topaz,” “orphan,” and “acid.”
Loved the twist at the end
I’m going to second that. Loved the last line.
Nice job! I really enjoyed that. Your protagonist had a great voice. Lots of fun.
Apologies if this is a duplicate – it seems to have disappeared :O
Topaz, Casket, Djinn, Acid and Hound have to meet D for Delta in my A to Z Challenge – I give you “The Legend of the Delta Topaz”
[…] Acid and Topaz. I actually used 6 just because it made sense to my story. Check out this post: http://terribleminds.com/ramble/2014/03/28/flash-fiction-challenge-five-random-words-2/ to see all of the other responses to this writing […]
[…] Last week’s challenge: Five Random Words. […]
Got it done! just in time. My words were ‘Whalebone, topaz, orphan, casket, djinn’
I was going to leave the comment on your blog, but I guess you have to have a Deviant Arts account to do that? Anyway, just wanted to say it’s an interesting story. Clearly there’s a lot more going on than is in this story!
I picked topaz, orphan, foxglove, casket, and hermit. Here’s “The Casket.”
That’s sweet. I like the message.
I should probably mention that this is a horror story, and that the words I used were Whalebone, Foxglove, Lollipop, Hermit, Hound, and Topaz. Wait, that’s six words…
Interesting idea. Without giving too much away, the first couple of paragraphs seemed extraneous for me, but everything after that I really liked.
[…] piece was written for a flash fiction challenge hosted by the inimitable Chuck Wendig. We were given ten words, and instructed to pick five of them to include in a 1,000 word short […]
A bit late to it today. I wrote a little tale called ‘Finding Foxglove’ using djinn, foxglove, orphan, topaz and whalebone. http://prose.smoph.org/
I hope you all enjoy it.
Unfortunately, it seems like linking to the post is broken, but you can see it on the home page. Weird.
Excellent. Thank you for sharing.
I liked it very much
Thans you both very much.
So I’m very late to this party, but I thought I’d throw this up here anyway:
The Recluse, the Rott, and the Runaway – A novella in six parts. Click for part one.
I used the five random words I got from this prompt and sorta ran away with them. The words were:
Hermit, Hound, Orphan, Foxglove, Lollipop
April is a long time ago … anything new?
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