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If you wanna get right to the challenge skip down to “FLASH FICTION CHALLENGE!” and champagne Leo.


As most of you know, plots are either very easy or very hard.

You take a trip to Italy and see a girl on a train? Bingo! Three months and 100,000 words later you’ve written a Pulitzer Prize winner (it could happen) –  definitely your best book yet!

By contrast, you take a vacation to the Florida Keys and become convinced the guy who rented you the house is a psychotic madman with a cool boat who will take you scuba diving – to murder you!

And, well… three months later its whole story line consist of these seven words: Rental house owner wants to murder me. With the supporting phrase: “His friend on the boat looked squirrely, too.”

They ARE tasty, though.
Margaritas ARE tasty, though.

Yeeeeeah, maybe that one’s not going anywhere. Chock it up to too many margaritas.

Which is why I am convinced: we do NOT pick our plots, OUR PLOTS PICK US!

Or at least for this writing challenge, that’s my theory.

Luckily, thanks to a Random Plot Generator, we no longer have to wander in the darkness. We can now allow our plots to quickly and easily find us!

Your mission, should you decide to accept it, is to go to the Random Plot Generator and allow the plot gods to speak to you! Yes, it says movie plot generator; just ignore that. Do not question the will of the gods.

EXAMPLE of where your plot idea will be. CLICK  TO ENLARGE
EXAMPLE of where your plot idea will be. CLICK TO ENLARGE

YOU must then write 1000 words on the topic the gods have chosen for you, AND you have to include the random phrase IN the piece.

Yeah! Not so easy now is it, tough guy???

Um… and that’s about it.

You have one week to complete the assignment. Link to it here by noon on 11/20/2015 EST. We’ll have more of these challenges on Fridays through the holidays, unless there’s a mass revolt like we almost had over the haiku scandal. (I thought haikus were supposed to rhyme.)

It's the holidays - almost. Relax and have some fun with a Flash Fiction Challenge. And a margarita.
It’s the holidays – almost. Relax and have some fun with a Flash Fiction Challenge. And a margarita.


If you read this far, you have to participate. 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 a little editing.

Take a deep breath and click on your Random Plot Generator: ONE click per player!



  1. You write 1000 words more or less on the topic
  2. Post it on your blog
  3. Reference us on your blog and this challenge so your regular readers don’t think you’ve gone rental-house-owner-in-the-Keys-style psycho.
  4. Post the link to your story here in the comments section.
  5. You have until Friday 11/20/2015 at 12 noon EST, that’s Tampa Florida US of A time, for those of you who live elsewhere.

That’s it! GET TO IT!


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  1. Great challenge. I’m in the midst of NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) and many thousands of words behind my goal, so not sure I can take you up on this one, but I love the way you present it here. I may look into it and save the idea for after November. 🙂

  2. I got this:
    He was an unlucky transvestite priest, who had a a phobia of newts and an ability to read minds. She was a wonderous pub landlady who sought the answer to the ultimate question and needed to feel loved. Together they travelled to Mars. Fighting agnostics and looking for love in the wrong places.

    So…okay. Agnostics on Mars. Got it.
    In other news, Haiku Scandal sounds like a great title for something. Dibs.

  3. Ok, ok… How about my English? Shall I do it in Spanish or you´ll dare to read my 1000 words in English? OMG! That would be risky! 😉 (it could sound as an insult to you all). Come on, Dan, let me do it in Spanish! (or… may be I could send my words to my english-speaking cousin so that she checks spelling mistakes, at least!). What do you suggest?

    1. Definitely do it in Spanish, post it on your blog, and then link to it here. We can translate it in Google Translate and see what we get! Should be fun! Google translate doesn’t do a 100% perfect job, but it will give us the essence. Maybe your cousin can correct it from there.

  4. Thanks, Dan. Anyway, I´m better than Google Translator :-P. I think I can try and then give to my cousin. I´ll try. It´s been many years since I wrote my last essays and poems in English. I really forgot. Memory challenge haha. Then, if my headache gets serious I´d go back to Spanish. Thanks!!

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