It’ll give you six random titles.
Click it only once.
And choose one of those six titles as the title of this week’s flash fiction.
Flash meaning: under 1000 words.
Your story is due by Friday, the 10th, at noon EST.
Post at your online space, link back here.
Click, pick, and write.
197 responses to “Flash Fiction Challenge: Six Random Titles”
The end of that post verges dangerously close to “jiggery-pokery” and “applesauce.”I’m keeping a PC eye on you, Chuck.
…the hell. Okay, need to ponder on that one for a bit…
After banishing thoughts of a Gandalf the Grey fan-fiction, all I could think of was Grey Goo. So…
Ooof. Good stuff, but… yeah.
Nice story. Creepy, but good.
Hey Pavowski, good job. I really liked this. Def an op for a chapter two here… Hint, hint.
I agree, this definitely felt incomplete, but it already ran over the limit!
Not incomplete….just really good, leaving the reader wanting more.
Missing Nobody. Somewhat cryptic and mysterious. I can work with this.
I got “The Secret in the Game.” Here’s 616 words: http://article94.wordpress.com/2015/07/03/the-secret-in-the-game/
Nice! Also, that’s some amazingly quick writing. The pacing is good, and the story is intriguing. My one minor bit of feedback is that I felt the tiniest bit lost using this as an entry point for this series of stories. I like it enough that I’ll probably click around for the rest of the story, but it certainly feels like a piece of something else.
Thanks, it’s just some backstory to my novella, Body Rentals. I’m glad you liked it.
That was pretty good. Fascinating idea (I read one other piece). I’m certainly intrigued.
Thanks! Consider this a prologue to my Body Rentals Novella.
Hi Mark, I posted a comment chastising you for leaving us with a cliffhanger, but it didn’t print.
Cool story, but I want my other 400 words lol! Guess that’s the sign of a good story right?
Totally! Follow the link at the bottom for the rest of the words.
“The Ragged Abyss”
“The Third Girl”
“The Flame of the Years”
I’m so tempted to just write three….
Though, I suppose, I should just pick one for this, and keep two in pocket for when I’m out of story challenges.
I like “The Third Girl”. Which one did you chose?
Ooohhhh, do The Ragged Abyss! For sure!
I was sure hoping you’d go there. Well played.
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Flash fic virgin, btw. Two excellent options: The Professional Child and Fallen Ashes. I went with the 2d bc it fits nicely with an event in my UF world. Here goes: http://www.katebaray.com/?p=664 (240 words)
As someone that’s not read your 3rd book, I must say that this stands alone fairly well, although what I’m taking away from it might be completely different than one of your complete readers. Still, a well done first entry. Welcome to flash fic!
It’s probably exactly what you think (says hopeful me). Series readers have a shot at knowing who the “he” in the story is, that’s all = )
Re: The Ragged Abyss, there was totally creepy music playing in the background. Just saying – nice 🙂
Glad you liked it 🙂
I like the mood here. Nicely done. (I haven’t read the books, either, but I might need to check them out now :))
Nice little story. Enjoyed it.
Nicely done. I like the feeling the images evoke.
You may be a flash fic virgin, but you’re no virgin to the pen and paper! Grrrrreat story! My favorite so far!
“The Sorcerer’s Girlfriend” which sounded cute, but then I realized I have no clue how to write cute BUT I WENT WITH IT ANYWAY.
Oooh, cinematic. Nice job balancing the supernatural and the mundane.
That actually was cute. xD Love their names too!
Thank you! 🙂 I’m glad you like the names, too, I was feeling kind of iffy on them but nothing else really felt right.
Enjoyed this one. I loved the exploding buttons!
Other than the tiny font that hurt my old man eyes, I have no complaints. Very nicely done, Aurora. Five stars and three thumbs up!
Eesh, yeah, I’ve got to figure out how to fix up how the posts look. But thank you!
That was really nice. I smiled throughout the whole thing. you should consider doing mini episodes of their life for you blog if you haven’t already done something with them. They’re really likable.
Thank you! 🙂 I definitely really started to like them a lot while I was writing them, so there might be something else about them at some point.
I like the characters and the premise. And now I want some exploding buttons!
Haha, thanks! 🙂
She could attempt to assassinate the brother? Classic! Lmao, this story was so cute!
Haha, thank you!
Perfect tone…magic should be silly or else it isn’t magic at all.
Really sweet. I liked it. 🙂
challenge accepted Chuck! I picked The Lovely Silk
Ooh, this was really fun. I mean, not exactly FUN, but very enjoyable to read and I really liked it, basically.
hehe. Thanks Aurora. I seriously just ran with it. Creep factor x10. Not my usual sunshine and rainbows, but I like working outside the box sometimes.
If your usual is “sunshine and rainbows” you should go outside your box more often because this was an excellent offering. Just enough to be creepy. Also, outstanding use of repetitive words without overdoing it! I really enjoyed it
Thank you C R ! I appreciate it! I write fantasy novels and novellas that tend to not be grimdark/creepy. I wanted to use this exercise to try something different.
Definitely succeeded at creepy. Well done.
I don’t normally do dark, either, but this has a nice creep factor. And you made me care about a less than likable protagonist. Well done.
You def won the creepy prize here! I like your use of repetition, (to show the narrator instability?) I think I like you working out of the box lol
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Ok, settled on one. “The Ragged Abyss”
Shorter than I usually tend to go, but I think I like it. These are fun!
I liked this. Great closing line(s)!
Glad you liked it. I tend to struggle with closing lines / finishing a story at all, but this one felt pretty good from the first draft.
That was really nice! Good choice. Good characters for such a short piece.
Thanks! I like the characters more than I thought I would. I’m having to fight the urge to add a few lines to the end that would let me use this as a prologue for a longer Annabelle focused story.
I really like the premise and the way you handled it.
So glad you chose this one and loved the references to Nietzche! The title screamed for it!
Great story and loved the ending!
Here’s mine: “The Splintered Savior.”
These challenges are so addictive. Here I am, scribbling away at one a.m..
Going to bed now.
Love it! Has an Allen Moore / Warren Ellis feel.
Thanks! Now I need to go read Watchmen again 🙂
^What he said. This kind of story is quite a hit/miss, but you hit it hard and made it awesome.
I got a thing for superheroes and grit. You did it perfectly.
Great story! Realistic super hero stories have always been a vice of mine. I was hooked quickly. Also, it was wonderful light-hearted finish.
Thanks, guys 🙂
I’m wondering about the font being hard to read. Is it too small? I’m very new to blogging, and I’ve gone back and forth with this. This story is in the Blogger “normal” sized font, and some of my previous posts (like the fairy wings one) are in “large,” which looks freakishly gigantic when I’m writing the post, but not so much on the blog. Anybody else using Blogger? Which do you go for?
I think it might have more to do with the layout / the font than the size. I’ve fairly recently switched from Blogger to WordPress because I prefer the Terms & Conditions of WordPress a bit more, but functionally all of the platforms are fairly similar.
Depending on how knowledgeable you are of HTML, you should be able to tweak the font size in the code directly in the post, but that could take away some of the responsive element, and the browser settings can still impact the user experience.
If you want to be really hardcore about UX, you can download Firefox, Opera, Safari, IE, and Chrome, and check out how it looks on all of them. (Probably should check it out on a phone / tablet as well) but that’s more of a designer issue and not something you should have to necessarily worry about as a writer.
Alternatively, as readers, there are options. I tend to use the ‘Reader’ mode of safari, which reformats stories into my system font in black text on a white background. For those using other browsers, each one should have a ‘Zoom’ functionality that will let them enlarge the font size of a specific page. It’s ⌘+ on a mac, but windows/linux should also have a shortcut built in.
Hmm, that was a bit longer and more ramble-y than I intended. Hope some of it helps.
Thanks, very helpful:) I use Safari myself so I don’t know how it looks in other browsers…
I feel as though Google has abandoned Blogger and I’ve always found getting the formatting right to be a chore. My current loves are WordPress and Squarespace, but there are a lot of good platforms out there. Bruce Sterling uses Tumblr, and I’m certainly not going to argue with him.
I really loved this. You captured the inner emotions of the character really well, and I love seeing a super hero’s human side.
Anna, this was awesome, loved it from beginning to end! Great story.
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I got “the Green Ship” which took me several tries to get something I liked. Though, I feel it was worth in in the end.
I really liked this. Thanks for sharing!
Thank you for reading.
Thank you very much.
Hi Fatma, totally enjoyed this story! Love the sort of crossing the Styx feel of it.
Thanks so much. I’m glad I kept pushing through to finish the story.
Hey dudes of the Earth. I was given “Rough Search” so I did a rough draft of a rough search. Bit random… But yeah, tell me what you think. http://cyborgelephantparade.tumblr.com/post/123163938771/rough-search-600-words-i-scratch-my-balls-for
That was fun!
Totally freaky, but I will admit, you had me till the end. I had to know what “it” was lol!
Fallen moons…That’s pretty groovy! I’ve been thinking about scifi lately, this is as good a time as any
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I had a couple of good ones out of my list of six but settled on “The Red Twins”. I just whipped out this little story. I don’t know if it’s any good or not…but here it is. Your thoughts on it are appreciated.
I liked this a lot. I’m amazed you could fit all of this into a thousand words!
Really like this one. Reminds me of Dark Eden
I agree with Anna: round firm and fully-packed flash here. Nice!
Hey Furyious, I really enjoyed your story. I thought it was going to be kind of science-fictiony… And I would have liked that. But I absolutely loved the direction you went! It’s a lovely lesson hidden in a great story.
Thanks for all the kind words. I wrote that in the evening after a late shift. I have since gone back and reread it a few times, and now wish it had been better edited (or edited at all LOL).
I wasn’t sure where it was going to end. When I go there, though, that’s what came out of my fingers!! Sometimes the stories do write themselves, don’t they?
Now this was a really cool story. Loving the semi-Stone Age setting.
[…] Apropos of: my participation in Chuck Wendig’s flash fiction challenge this week. Prompt was to get a random title from the website he linked and write a story based off it. You can find Chuck’s original post here. […]
Finally stopped being lazy after reading these challenges and actually participated. I pulled “The Third Name” and the following is the result.
Love the back and forth banter!
Thanks for introducing us all to the random title generator, Chuck. Great Fun. I wasn’t going to join in this week, but I just had to look, and when I saw “A Shadowy Healing” I knew I had to write it. Enjoyed writing it immensely – I hope a few of you like it:
I got to the end of your story and wanted more. It felt like an excerpt from a novel to be honest.
Thanks for your comment. Not sure if you liked it or not, but it isn’t an extract. I wrote about half last night and finished it this morning. I deliberately left quite a lot to the reader’s imagination.
That was a pretty tough title to work with, in my opinion, but great job!! As someone who is never very fond of the doctor’s office it was extra terrifying. And you nailed every medical receptionist ever. 🙂
Thank you – really appreciate it. I hope I didn’t make you even more wary of doctors though!
Great mystery, I agree…more, more!
Thanks that’s very kind. Maybe I’ll make it longer and publish it. I have some a collection of shorts coming out soon – maybe I can squeeze it on the end.
Sorry it took all day… well it did here. But I find that I write better at night… and I’ve been on-the-go none-stop since Thursday. Well, here it is….
Cool story, I always love the post-apocalyptic stuff. And btw, your website is lovely!
Thank you! I’ve been thinking about changing it, but I love the pink and black. 😀
Hi, here is my piece. I wrote it at one in the morning, where sleep did not find me but the bones in fingers were aching to move. I had a really fun time writing this. It started off as a story but it didn’t really flow well for me, so I went back to my roots and it came so naturally. Thanks for reading.
I don’t think that my story published earlier, so here it is again. I also see that some of my comments didn’t post. Some of you wrote some really fantastic stories. keep it up. Its why we do this right? Inspiration, like minds and great stories.
How very cool that you chose to submit a poem! It was a good poem too! Very strong images.
Aww, thank you.
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Happy 4th! Go blow some shit up! Oh, my contribution of the flash challenge. I hope you enjoy!
The Son of the Twilight
I didn’t see that ending coming… Super high on the creepy factor! But I guess that’s what you were going for lol!
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I had six awful titles. The least worst was “The Captive’s Male”. This fell out of my brain: http://musicalgibbon.co.uk/?page_id=1505 (997 words)
That’s the danger of the randomizer, I suppose, but I have to say I like what you’ve done with the least worst of them. Nice job of world building, and you’ve created fleshed out characters with hints of other stories buried throughout.
Thanks Fred. It was good fun. I might explore this world a bit more actually…
Your story is so nicely written. Lovely images, and nothing beats the “Love Always Wins,” theme!
This was awesome. I agree with Fred here as well – your worldbuilding feels rich and detailed, and I would love another trip into this world. At first I didn’t like that they wore veils, but then I thought, hey, they live in the desert. Wouldn’t want to choke on sand… 🙂 Once again, awesome story.
I got Forgotten Ashes, The Azure Mist, Angel of Time, The Rainbow’s Waves, The Woman of the Voyages and Death in the Tales. That last one caused me to channel my mother for 337 words:
Given so many leftover words I might play with one of the other titles later in the week.
That was a quick, entertaining read. Bonus points for working “lugubrious” in there. 🙂
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Here we go! Submitted for your approval…
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I had a few good titles to choose from, but liked this one best:
I enjoyed that. Nice and punchy and very atmospheric.
Thank you for reading it!
Very vampirish! Cool ending !
This is great!
Here is the result of this week’s flash fiction challenge – a science fiction horror type of piece I think… it’s hard to say: http://cmsimpson.blogspot.com.au/2015/07/flash-fiction-challenge-due-july-10-2015.html
Ooooooh clever! I’ll never turn my back on my flowers again lol. Love the surprise ending.
Thanks DebC. It was a really tough tale to write.
The Dark Rainbow? Ok. I got this.
Here it is. I may come back and flesh it out later as it feels like it could go on a lot longer.
Ha! You got the dark rainbow, I got the dark snow! Can’t wait to see if our stories have ANY similarity lol.
Wow…demons masquerading as Peacocks? What has the world come to?
Now…I could believe that Starlings are demons (bastards kill my Purple Martins). But Peacocks? This is just too sad.
Well, rats. I got a couple of good ones and “magnificent flames” merged with an idea I’d been kicking around for a contest. At 998 I decided to kick it up a notch and go for the contest entry. Final word count went 2200, but I think it’s solid for an entry. I’ll have use another from the six for a flash piece later this week
I got The Dark Snow….
Hope you guys like it…. Karma at its best!
Thx MannixK 🙂
Academy in the Night was the title I picked.
I tried to comment, not sure if it went thru, but anyway…I really liked your story, especially the end.
Thank you! It was a fun challenge,
I don’t normally do Flash Fiction. This is only my second attempt. The Ragged Rose. 407 words.
Creepy and your economy of words served you well, I think. More like slashes than sentences.
Looks like my first attempt to post this didn’t take. I don’t normally do Flash Fiction. I chose The Ragged Rose. Here is the result:
I tried to comment, not sure if it went thru, but anyway…I really liked your story, especially the end.
Thanks! I appear to be struggling with posting on this thread. lol
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I got a fun set of six, but the one I liked best was “Weeping Thief” – prepare for a spooky tale:
That was spooky! It had me jittery, and checking the door! Nice job!
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I got “The Whispering of the Lights” as one of mine and went with that: http://nickegelhoff.com/2015/07/08/flash-fiction-challenge-six-random-titles/
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It’s probably too short, but I just had to do something with this title, The End’s Girlfriend. http://andreaspeed.com/2015/flash-fic-challenge-the-ends-girlfriend/
Here’s Splintered Voyagers. It went way past 1000 words so I cut it down and decided on a two-parter. First part here. Enjoy!
Here’s my mythology short, exploring the world that I created for “Done Deal” a bit more… This one’s called “The Bare Souls”