Flash Fiction Challenge: From Sentence To Story

Last week, I said, “Hey, write a really great sentence.”

And you did.

Lots of you did.

This week, I’m saying, okay, go check out those sentences in the comments, pick one of your favorites, and use it in a new short piece of flash fiction, ~1000 words long.

Post that story at your online space.

Link back here so we can all see it.

Make sure to identify which sentence you used!

Give credit both in comment and your posting.

Due back in one week: by next Friday, noon EST.

Go. Pick. Write.

192 responses to “Flash Fiction Challenge: From Sentence To Story”

  1. Okay, so I am a serious Tech Neanderthal. Where is my” Online Space?” Anyone to help me please?

    • Tsara this was excellent. The writing is clear and concise. The characters were believable and their motivations and relationships well developed in a short amount of time. I loved the details and the characters actions. I am now a huge fan.

      • I’m thrilled that you took the time to read my story, LeeAnn. And I’m really really happy that you enjoyed it!!

        I also found the tale you wrote in response to the challenge to be woven masterfully!! I was curious and anxious until the end.

        My favorite thing about visiting your site, though, was “I’m a writer because I have stage fright.”

        I’ve remembered that line randomly and often since I read it a few weeks ago, and every time I smile!!

        Hugs hugs!!!

      • Thanks guys! And the strangest thing is…. *drum roll thunders around us!*…. it’s my birthday this Sunday (5th, October!) …. the creepiness continues! 😛

        • Happy birthday Mozette! I almost chose your sentence because it just seemed to have so many possibilities. Howver, I didn’t choose your sentence just because it had so many possibilities and I figured several people would run with it. Does that make any sense?

          • Man, I am such a bonehead. I meant to say I almost chose the same sentence. Doh!

          • Yeah, that makes sense… 😀

            I always wonder to runs with my one sentence things when Chuck throws us stuff like this… 🙂

      • So happy you enjoyed what I did with your line… I read it and knew kind of what the story was going to be about, but had to figure out how to work it… 🙂

  2. I’m having one of the most fun Saturdays I’ve had in a while!! Coffee and short story reading all day long! And such an eclectic and fun group of stories too!! One moment I’m creep-ed out, another I’m touched and thoughtful, then suddenly I’m whisked away to wild worlds and futuristic foretelling. Such delicious fun!

  3. I appropriated Ryanjamesblack’s quirky little diddy: Merlin leaned against the bathroom sink, stroking his smoky beard self-consciously, studying the instructions on the “JUST FOR MEN” box with the surly frown he usually reserved for translating incantations scribed in a dead tongues.

    Here, then, is “Merlin in Midtown” : http://wp.me/p4p1YR-ho

  4. I started here: “I open my eyes and the sky explodes” from Justin (sithbomb), but I am a poet, so feel free to bend the rules a bit including editing out the starting sentence…

    Flash Poem

    You said use the sentence and I thought
    I saw a sentence once
    but never heard it because it censored itself
    and you said a thousand words but 
    I heard use only what you need
    and I say unfettered I would be 
    unfettered I would have you be
    politicians answer the questions 
    they would have you ask
    I would have you ask
    I would have you ask

    • Great story, I liked that it very much had an Old West saloon-type feel despite being set in the here and now. Thanks for using my sentence!

  5. I chose Kirsten sentence: “There was an awkward moment as my breath hitched, my mouth too dry to swallow and my knees just seconds away from sending the rest of me folding into a pile of sweaty flesh at his feet, when I saw him smile.”

    And since it’s October, I decided to make a horror story out of it.

    I call it Showbiz!: http://coolerbs.com/2014/10/08/flash-fiction-challenge-from-sentence-to-story/
    (Yes the exclamation point is part of the title, tacky I know)

    Hope you guys like it.

  6. I wrote a story around OzFenric’s sentence.

    ‘She rises through black waters, leaving the City behind, and as the light above glimmers and grows, she knows she will need to remember how to breathe.’

    It isn’t really completed, it’s turned into a possible opener for a longer story. I’ve aimed it at a YA readership, so if your comments could tell me whether I hit the mark I’d be very grateful.


    • Thank you so much. I’m glad you liked mine. I didn’t know where you were going with it but the when the spaceship arrived, it peaked my interest. I’m just sorry it ended before we found out what was going on.

    • Faded, the highest compliment I can pay your story is that I’d love to read it. 🙂 So much potential in so short a time. Completely different to what I had imagined for this sentence, and completely wonderful. Thank you. 🙂

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