Flash Fiction Challenge: The Random Song Title Jamboree


I’ll be going through your epic list of potential flash fiction suggestions next week, but for now, it’s time to revive one of the classics: the random song title challenge

Way this works is:

Go to your music player of choice, pull up a random song, and use that song title as the title to your story. You don’t need to make the story about the song or inspired by the song (unless you want to) — all you really need is the title to run with. On iTunes, it’s shuffle, I think, but if you google “play random song” you’ll find plenty of ways to conjure one from the chaos.

Write the story with the song title as your story title.

You’ve got 1000 words.

Write it at your online space, give us a link in the comments so we can all read it.

Due by July 3rd, noon EST.


141 responses to “Flash Fiction Challenge: The Random Song Title Jamboree”

  1. CHUCK! This is a classic!! Man I gotta stop using paint thinner to disinfect my cuts because this was my suggestion for the Challenge to create a Challenge. I didn’t realize that it has been in circulation… again the paint thinner life choice not working out so well. In the immortal words of Spalding “RATFARTS!”

  2. Oh and I am going to go with my favorite band on shuffle… RUSH and the winner is “Beneath, Between & Behind.” Now to figure out how to set up a blog on the interworld… am I gonna need toilet paper and Vaseline to make a blog account?

  3. OMG! I hit the jackpot! I got “Somebody that I used to Know”, by WOTE (by the way, I followed Chuck’s suggestion.. I typed ‘play random song spotify’ into the search bar and the first listing was a random song generator by Thomas Kahn… which directed me to ‘click here’.)

  4. […] Chuck Wendig challenge once again. This time is was to find a random song and do a flash.  Last time I did a random song, but I’m not really a big music person. So, it was hard for me a write a story around one with no context. Therefore, I pulled up all my husbands, brothers, sisters, and mine seconds and hit the randomize button.  This is like nine hundred songs, so it was a good variety.  I got Paper Boats by Darren  off of the Transistor soundtrack. […]

  5. Alright, I used every song I have access to randomize. Mainly, because last time I got a song and it was so unfamiliar I drew a blank. I ended up with “Paper Boats” by Darren Korb and sung by Ashley Barrett from the game Transistor. Linky to song: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vFrjMq4aL-g

    The story ended up sad, and what inspired it was the slightly hidden second vocalist in the piece. Enjoy.
    Linky to story: http://www.fatmaalici.com/2015/06/26/paper-boats/

      • Hahahaa… I’ve been watching a lot of ‘Angel’… you know how he turns into ‘Angelus’ when he gets only a moment of happiness? Well… yeah, I thought to turn my story on its head like this too; but in a different way. 🙂

  6. Alright, I used every song I have access to randomize. Mainly, because last time I got a song and it was so unfamiliar I drew a blank. I ended up with “Paper Boats” by Darren Korb and sung by Ashley Barrett from the game Transistor.

    The story ended up sad, and what inspired it was the slightly hidden second vocalist in the piece. Enjoy.
    Linky to story: http://www.fatmaalici.com/2015/06/26/paper-boats/

  7. Panda Eyes & Teminite – High Score

    A group of classically-trained musician high school girls must transform themselves into a pop band in order to save their after-school program.

    Inspired by this:

  8. I got Helena, which is originally by My Chemical Romance but I drew the Chasing Safety version. A.k.a. the screamo version. I’m thinking I’ll take inspiration from the lyrics, but maybe give it an angry flavor for the screamo.

  9. “Fucking in the Bushes” from Oasis. Christ. I was tempted to roll again, but let’s see where we end up. It got me listening to the Snatch soundtrack and I ended up having to watch the movie again as a result, So I kind of owe it to it.

  10. So… I may have gotten caught up in reading other stories here. Everyone has done some great work, and it was tempting to keep reading! I have, however, finished the challenge. (Yay!)

    (:

    My random song choice, (which conveniently enough, I’d never heard before today), is:

    “I’m Ready” by Geographer
    http://wp.me/p66Sbs-1f

    Enjoy! (;

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