Okay, last week, you got to pick a song lyric you really liked, and you wrote a story based on that bit of song poetry. Right? Right.
This week, I’m giving you the lyric.
It’s from Sza’s “Drew Barrymore.”
The lyric in question is this line, the opening line the song:
“Why is it so hard to accept the party is over?”
The song has a lot of great lines, but that’s the one we’re going with. Take from it whatever inspiration you choose. Base a theme on it. Make it literal or figurative. Any genre will do.
Length: ~1000 words
Due by: Friday, January 26th, noon EST
(Note: I’m gone next Friday so there may not be a flash fiction challenge. Lately I’ve been getting a WordPress error when I try to schedule posts, and they don’t actually show up when they’re scheduled? I assume a variety pack of gremlins is to blame.)
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50 responses to “Flash Fiction Challenge: This Time, I Pick The Lyric”
*Sits down, cracks knuckles*
*Cracks your knuckles and/or neck*
Ok. Let’s get this party started.
Thanks, Chuck. I’m enjoying these challenges and also the exposure to new (to me) music.
I call this one, A Better Party. 988 words exactly! https://theurbanspaceman.net/2018/01/19/a-better-party-flash-fiction/
Really well done. I liked how you used the prompt. Sad and happy all at once.
I went a little overboard at 2150 words, but since chuck is gonna be gone next week, a double dose makes sense…
It may be over the count, but awesomely so! I think it’s great how well your writing had developed… and I thought you were an amazing writer back when we were finishing each other’s flash fiction prompt stories! 😮 Don’t mind saying that I’m a little envious of that first chapter you have there. It’s slick and polished to perfection. And the way you establish the character’s back-story… it’s like I’ve read it in a novel already!
Thanks, TUS. I’ve had my share of being envious of you work too, so let’s keep writing and improving! As an aside, Score of Silence (the first novel in the series,) will be out the first quarter of this year, published by Amber Cove! Shoot me an email if you’d like to read an ARC.
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Noir anyone? https://atcrump.com/2018/01/19/luke-benson-p-i-episode-1-green/ –>>Enjoy!
Some great lines in that story. I’m interested to read the next installment!
The next two parts are already up. Every Tuesday and Thursday until the story’s done. —> https://atcrump.com/2018/01/23/luke-benson-p-i-episode-2-thumbs/<-
Enjoy! and I hope that you stay tuned. Thanks again!
Thanks! I’ll read them.
Mine’s over a little too – to make up for next week as week. 😀
I’ve been incredibly unhappy with my productivity lately, and I took this as a sign. And you know what? It was really fun, and I feel better. So thanks, y’all.
First-time commenter, long-time lurker. I just graduated, though, so hopefully I’ll have time to participate regularly.
Here’s my story: your friendly neighborhood Spidey.blogspot.com/2018/01/30.html
I couldn’t get your blog to pull up. Try posting it with the http or https. Even when I copy and pasted I got an error.
Okay, I tried something : combining both themes from your challenge and The Writing Cooperative’s one.
Hope you’ll like it. Forgive my English, though !
I’m sitting over here in Alabama watching our democracy fall apart. Democracy works in theory, right? But does it work in real life? And what if it’s not a true Democracy like ours (Democratic Republic). I think our Democracy is tainted the most by capitalism. Praise to the almighty dollar. I loved your piece. Thanks for posting. I wish I could respond on your actual blog but I have a problem with my Medium account!
I managed to make something! I hope you enjoy this short!
I loved this. I left a comment on your blog too.
Thank you! I’m glad you liked it and I managed to preserve the mystery in the story until the end! 😀
[…] we got to pick our song lyric for the Chuck Wendig Flash Fiction Challenge. This week, sez Chuck, I pick the lyric. We have 1,000 words to use on the them of the lyric that Chuck chose, “Why is it so hard […]
998 words of classic sword-and-sorcery fantasy goodness. Please to enjoy!
A lovely fantasy bar scene.
Your story gave me an awesome idea for a story concept… hopefully I’ll get a prompt soon that’ll let me try it out. If not, I might just write it anyway 😀
Glad to be of service! Good luck!
I started by considering the party wasn’t a real party and somehow ended up with… an odd crime story, clocking in at 1000 and change words.
Here’s Self-control: https://medium.com/@VicenteLRuiz/self-control-5cf5766b949
I really enjoyed this one. Thanks!
Thank you. I just replied to yours over on medium.
Great story! I tried to clap you, but Medium doesn’t like me. In fact, yours is the only Medium-hosted story I’ve been able to access, so far. I really enjoyed the mystery and the suspense, and the whole secret society vibe. You should make this into television!
Whoa, thank you. I don’t know that I’d be able to pitch this (or anything else!) as a TV series of any kind… 😉
I think Medium requires you to sign in If you want to clap or answer. It also has audience settings; it’s easy to hit the wrong button and set a story as private instead of public.
Well, it’s definitely my kinda TV-thing (not that I watch much TV) so I’d be there if your story made it to the little screen.
This was pretty challenging, but fun. Thanks Chuck!
Your story is really powerful in its depiction of the characters. And then that ending. Fantastic!
So glad you enjoyed it. I found it to be very challenging to have the narrator and audience, but not the character, realize that the party was over. I really liked the way you tackled that aspect as well. Cheers.
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863 words, my story is called ‘A Good 57’ : https://sophie-writes.com/2018/01/25/flash-fiction-challenge-why-is-it-so-hard-to-accept-when-the-partys-over/
Happy National Irish Coffee Day. Drink up.
Autocorrect originally changed that phrase to “drunk up,” which, I believe, still gets the point across.
Interesting take on the prompt. I left you a comment on your website.
When a party probably should be over! (Unrequited Love). https://laurengreenewrites.com/2018/01/25/party-over/
Bittersweet! Nice job!
Thanks for reading, Anne!
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Why Is It so Hard to Accept the Party Is Over? by M D Flyn http://mdflyn.com/2018/01/25/party-is-over-original-flash-fiction/
Squeezed under the wire. I haven’t posted a new story since September and boy is it nice to think I haven’t lost my spark.
775 words. This isn’t precisely a story, but more of a scene.I somehow took away the idea of a party and got a post apocalypse. Oops? https://www.tumblr.com/blog/sketchystormwritesgarbo
Exposed Roots, published on my blog. http://www.diedrablackmill.com/2018/01/26/exposed-roots/
Be kind. I’m rusty.
[…] Howdy! If you’re an aspiring author, like me, you should definitely check out author Chuck Wendig’s blog TerribleMinds. I typically peruse through it when I’m at work, tired of mindlessly doing paperwork. Last Friday he posted a flash fiction challenge in which the writer must compose a flash fiction story (1,000 word or less) based on the Sza’s lyric, “Why is it so hard to accept the party is over?”. Check out the challenge here. […]
Here’s my first ever attempt at writing flash fiction. I hope it doesn’t suck! https://moodynewts.wordpress.com/2018/01/26/chuck-wendig-flash-fiction-challenge/