Flash Fiction Challenge: Stuff That Ain’t Working

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This week’s Friday Flash Fiction Challenge involves…

Stuff That Ain’t Working

Find a story you’ve written/are working on that isn’t quite working. Summarize it in 250 words or less, blurb style. Give it a new title.

We’ve all been there. The idea is solid but the words just aren’t happening.

Twenty or thirty thousand words in, you wonder what to do.

Do this.

Share it here – summarize your story or someone else’s (wink, wink) and see if someone else can shed some insight.

As you read the blurbs of others, you can note that it looks interesting. Maybe offer a suggestion about where it could go. Start a dialogue.

Personally, I think this might be really interesting. But who knows.

I know you guys have some good stuff floating around in your heads. Why not share some of it?

See, I was sitting in car line the other day, again, swearing at my decision to not get my A/C fixed yet, when I remembered a friend (okay, it was Allison) who was stuck in a story that wouldn’t budge. After chatting on Messenger for an hour or so, the logjam was freed up and the words were flowing. I think it went on to be a best seller. Probably.

Anyway, that made me realize:

we all have stories like that!

Here’s your chance to lay one on us and maybe get a little help.

In 250 words or less, ‘splain your story to us. Post your entry below or the link to it on my blog, and with a few other rules, we’ll see what we can do.

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  • You write 250 words more or less on the topic.
  • Post it on your blog.
  • No blog? Post it below in the comments section.
  • Reference us on your blog and this challenge so your regular readers don’t think you’ve been up for three days with no sleep again.
  • Post the link to your story here in the comments section.
  • You have until 12 noon EST, 1 week from the date of this post, to get it done. EST is Tampa Florida US of A time, for those of you who live elsewhere.

Come up with something good, but remember time flies. Be sure to get your entry in before the deadline!

Be sure to REBLOG this so your readers know what you’re up to, and invite as many people to play as you want. It’s all in good fun. Probably.

Okay, get to it!

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Dan Alatorre is the author of several bestsellers and the amazingly great sci fi action thriller “The Navigators.” Click HERE to get your copy of The Navigators – FREE on Kindle Unlimited!


5 thoughts on “Flash Fiction Challenge: Stuff That Ain’t Working

  1. I’ll reblog this, but since my following is basically just Curtis, here is my back cover blurb…have at it!

    When gifted violist Averie Winters is abducted, she fears the Department of Life Preservation has unearthed the secret she fled the country to keep. But she soon learns that it isn’t restitution the DLP wants–it’s her genetics.

    Trapped and pregnant in a secret government research facility, Averie allies with other patients, both brilliant and genetically unexceptional, to devise a plan to escape. And when a spark of romance finds her in the most unlikely of circumstances, her ominous future seems a little less bleak. But are four brilliant minds, a rambunctious rebel, and an inconceivable love enough to overcome a powerful and corrupt government?

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