Flash Fiction Challenge: Oh, We’re Gonna Use These Photos All Right

Last week’s challenge: The Three-Story Sentence.

So, I saw this thing at Buzzfeed.

21 Stock Photos That No One Will Ever Be Able To Use.

Well, we’re using them now.

Pick one! (Or: use a d20 or random number generator.)

Write a story inspired by that image.

You’ve got 1000 words.

Post at your online space, link to it here in the comments.

Due by next Friday.

(Don’t forget to identify which photo you’re using!)

108 responses to “Flash Fiction Challenge: Oh, We’re Gonna Use These Photos All Right”

    • Okay, I have no problem at all with this photo because, you know, why wouldn’t a mummy holding a globe need help with his penis bandage? But the impractical shoes the nurse is wearing? Yeah, I don’t THINK so!

  1. I think I actually got one picked out! But I have to say… these photos… WHAT WERE THEY THINKING..? The ‘WTF Highlights’ for me were:

    #5 – This is supposed to be one of those ‘Insert Mother-in’Law joke here’ kind of pictures, isn’t it?

    #10 – PLEASE tell me this is not a type of porn that actually exists…

    #12 – And you would use this as a motivational business image… when, exactly?

    #17 – Good to know the NHS have been trained to heal just about anything…


  2. I’ve never participated in one of these, but how could I not with inspiration photos like you’ve provided? Random number generator says I’ll be working on #21.

    P.S. – Does #19 remind anyone else of cut up hot dogs? Not in a “mmm yummy” sort of way…more in a “I’ll never feed my daughter a hot dog again.”

    • Well I’m never gonna be able to watch Toy Story again, after this..! Can you be creeped out in a good way? I think I was creeped out in a good way 🙂 It was very well written, very funny. Won’t be tidying up my kid’s bedroom for a while though…!

      • I saw the dolls and remember an ‘Amelia Jane’ book I have from my childhood… and kinda took it from there 😀 Then, a friend of mine mentioned Toy Story too…. 😀

    • Just start doing it. Open up Word or Wordpad instead if it’s more comfortable for you. Get excited or angry about something and take out your energy on the keyboard. You can clean it up in the aftermath.

    • You’ve absolutely come to the right place! Chuck has a lot to say in this blog on “writing through the suck” and “giving yourself permission to suck.” That is, don’t stress about it. Just get it on the page and then edit and revise to make it good. As somebody else said (and I’m paraphrasing here), you can edit a bad page, but you can’t edit a blank page.

    • Write your story like you would any other… then give it a go and show us.

      Yes, you’ll be nervous… yes, you’ll wonder if we like it… and yes, there’ll be people who don’t like it.

      But that’s what being a writer is all about.

      Don’t worry about what we think – write for yourself and nobody else, then post it.

      There’s no right or wrong about what you’re writing, just enjoy the process. 😀

    • Aww. Poor Green Man just wants to find love. I particularly enjoyed the line: “…his eyes fixed and held her so that the chlorophyll content of his person no longer troubled her.”

  3. I couldn’t do it. I was traumatized by just looking at the pictures. I had to fall back on our alternative challenge and an old friend, Xavier Xanthum, Space Explorer. I suppose I shouldn’t post the link since I didn’t write the right story. 🙂

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