If you wanna get right to the challenge skip down to “WELCOME TO OUR FIRST FLASH FICTION CHALLENGE!” and champagne Leo.
As most of you know, my character names tend to be just as boring as watching the grass grow or paint dry.
Steve. Melissa. Barry.
It’s just never been one of my things to name my character Zora or Borax or something like that. With me you might get a Nikki.
I think the most exotic name I came up with was Gina. No, actually it was probably Julietta.
I know, right?
Another problem I struggle with is titles. We’ve discussed this. It’s tricky to get just the right name for a story. I bet every one of you has a WIP with a goofy name you don’t love.
Now, one day while I was thinking up character names, I thought – go to a list of baby names on the internet and see what’s there! THAT will solve your problem!
So I used the name of the kids in my daughter’s preschool class.
But it occurred to me that if there are websites for random number generators, there are probably websites that are name generators!
In there was!
And it sucked.
It gave me names like Zora and Borax.
However, it also occurred to me that there was probably a random title generator.
And there was!
And it… was kinda interesting.
I chuckled as I looked at some of the titles it gave me – but it made me think how FUN it would be to write stories based on some of those titles.
So I of course immediately thought of you. Why not? You’re a fun type of person. Mostly.
WELCOME TO OUR FIRST FLASH FICTION CHALLENGE!
Did you see that coming? So here’s the deal. First of all you go to this website
And get six titles. Pick ONE to write your flash fiction story about.
BTW, the definition of flash fiction is: whatever you want it to be. So sayeth Wiki:
“Flash fiction is a style of fictional literature or fiction of extreme brevity. There is no widely accepted definition of the length of the category.”
Basically I’m looking for something around 1000 words. It can be less, it could be more. If you’re closing in on 3000 words and you haven’t really nailed it yet, think about some editing.
- You write 1000 words more or less on the topic
- Post it on your blog
- Reference us on your blog and this challenge so your regular readers don’t think you’ve gone batty.
- Post your link to your story here in the comments section.
- You have until Friday 10/16/2015 at 12 noon EST, that’s Tampa Florida US of A time, for those of you who live elsewhere.
GET TO IT!
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Dan Alatorre is the author of several bestsellers and the hilarious upcoming novel “Poggibonsi: an italian misadventure.” Check out his other works HERE