Christmas Flash Fiction Challenge!

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This is the last one of these with the hat.

MERRY CHRISTMAS!

This is your present, from me to you!

It occurred to me that you will have some down time this week. Not today, necessarily, but in a few days. At which time you’ll check in and see we had a writing challenge that could brighten your writing day. And here it is.

For the NEW YEAR, the challenges will be a little challengey-er!

More challenging! More difficult! More fun! (For me, anyway.)

So we better get ready. This challenge will do that because very few people will participate, but those who do will have a big advantage in the new year. Just sayin’.

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It’s kind of like a gift. (Read on. You’ll see.)

Ready? Here we go.

Take a topic from the Random Subject Generator below

http://writingexercises.co.uk/subjectgenerator.php

and that will be the theme of your story. (Mine was about betrayal – which is pretty good!)

You build your story around that.

Easy, right?

BUT!

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Remember, he was a good guy by the end of the story.

You ALSO build your story within a classic genre, DERIVED BY A RANDOM NUMBER GENERATOR!!

 

Bwahahahahahahahaaaaaaa!

 

There are two reasons to do this. One, I’m evil. But you knew that. Two, those writer muscles need to be built where they haven’t been. You fantasy folks need a little romance in your stories (Star Wars was a fantasy but it definitely had a romance going on underneath, didn’t it?) You romance folks need a little action adventure in your stories (Dr. Zhivago had a revolution going on for pete’s sake!)

 

Build those neglected writer muscles!

It only hurts for a little while but you might find out you’re good at it.

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No, you cannot buy it yet.
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Can’t buy this yet, either.

For example, I have often mentioned the kiss I had to write for The Navigators. That was really difficult for me at the time (eight rewrites for one kiss), but friends here helped me learn how to do it. (Yes, I had several grown women “teach” me how to kiss.) That helped a lot when I had to do romantic stuff in Poggibonsi (I stretched those muscles but I also now had a network of people to bounce the scenes off of before they were aired to my critique group – HUGE benefit), and THAT helped when I had to do two steamy sex scenes in The Water Castle – which had readers fanning themselves, they were so hot. (It was all implied stuff, too. Much more difficult, IMO. But they were honest, realistic, sexy and tasteful. Because I developed some new writer muscles. Most important, they were well received – as in, they were good writing.)

If I can, you can.

A great story usually contains elements from several genres. Adding these things enhances you stories, and practicing them here makes you a better writer.

Thaaaaat’s what you want!

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I DO want that.

(Well, that’s my excuse and I’m sticking with it.)

Genres: Use the Random Number Generator to get one of these:

  1. Romance
  2. Murder Mystery
  3. Action Adventure
  4. Thriller
  5. Sci Fi
  6. Fantasy (like dragons and knights in shining armor, not sexual fantasies)

Random Number Generator: https://www.random.org/

You know the drill:

  1. Use the Random Subject Generator to pick your THEME
  2. Use a Random Number Generator to select your GENRE
  3. Write a story up to 3000 words that is obviously written using both theme and genre.
  4. Post your story below in the comments with a link to your blog where
  5. You also post it on you blog
  6. And mention what the heck this is so people don’t think you’ve gone schizo
  7. Read and comment on OTHER people’s entries. That makes it fun. Allegedly.
  8. You have one week. Noon Friday a week from this posting date (EST – Tampa, Florida time in the U S and A) is plenty of time, slacker!
  9. IF you intend to play, post a comment below so I can give you crap when a week passes and you don’t post it, EMILY.
  10. Um… I think that’s it.

Get after it!

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Dan Alatorre is the author of several bestsellers and the hilarious upcoming novel “Poggibonsi: an italian misadventure.” Click HERE to check out his other works.

FLASH FICTION CHALLENGE: PLOT POINT

Your humble host.
Your humble host.

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

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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.”

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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.

FLASH FICTION CHALLENGE!

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!

http://plot.kitt.net/

THE RULES

  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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Your humble host.
Your humble host.

REBLOG me! Or SHARE this post on Facebook and Twitter! See those little buttons down below? Put on your glasses. There they are. Click them. The FOLLOW button is now in the lower right hand corner.

Got a QUESTION? ASK IT! Hit the Contact Me button and I’ll see what I can do. (I have lots of smart friends.)

Dan Alatorre is the author of several bestsellers and the hilarious upcoming novel “Poggibonsi: an italian misadventure.” Click HERE to check out his other works.