Announcing the TOUGHEST Flash Fiction Challenge Ever: 4-Way Dialog (AND a special surprise!)

We’ve discussed how difficult it is to write good dialogs. We’ve talked about avoiding dialog tags. We’ve talked about using “beats.” But have we really put that talk into action? Now we will. WARNING: THIS IS THE TOUGHEST FLASH FICTION CHALLENGE EVER Write a conversation between four characters. What, that’s it? Hey, it’s harder thanContinue reading “Announcing the TOUGHEST Flash Fiction Challenge Ever: 4-Way Dialog (AND a special surprise!)”

Christmas Flash Fiction Challenge!

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. ForContinue reading “Christmas Flash Fiction Challenge!”

BEST CHRISTMAS FLASH FICTION CHALLENGE EVER

If you wanna get right to the challenge skip down to where it says “FLASH FICTION CHALLENGE!”   It is Christmas time! And as most of you know, there are a lot of Christmas specials on TV. And most of them suck.   Honestly, A Mom For Christmas? Look, I liked Olivia Newton John asContinue reading “BEST CHRISTMAS FLASH FICTION CHALLENGE EVER”

Whaaat??? TWO Flash Fiction challenges in one week?

Sure, why not?   Let’s learn to write a blurb!   We all need to do it, and practice makes perfect! But. Let’s write one for a book or movie we all know, to learn the process. Because while we’re all slapping down words in volume to build a story, a blurb is baiting theContinue reading “Whaaat??? TWO Flash Fiction challenges in one week?”

Flash Fiction Challenge: See The Scene, Write The Story!

How about a little holiday spirit for this writing challenge? Use the random number generator below and it will tell you which odd little holiday scene to visualize in your head. Then YOU have to write a caption for the scene. It can be drama or comedy, long or short, uh… fast or slow (IContinue reading “Flash Fiction Challenge: See The Scene, Write The Story!”

Still Stuck? How To Unstick Your Unmotivated Writer’s Brain And WRITE

Sometimes a story gets stuck. That sucks, because we’re the ones who drove into the tree, but it happens. (This is not a post about that.)   When the story is fine but the writer is stuck, that’s different. That’s a mental thing, or an organization thing, or whatever, but if you are stuck andContinue reading “Still Stuck? How To Unstick Your Unmotivated Writer’s Brain And WRITE”

FLASH FICTION CHALLENGE, Black Friday Edition: TWO-SENTENCE STORY

BLACK FRIDAY TWO-SENTENCE STORY CHALLENGE Flash fiction is supposed to be short and fast, and it doesn’t get much faster than two sentences! But it’s a holiday weekend here so I wanted to make this fun. (I saw this on CS Wilde’s blog and LOVED the idea. I spent longer thinking about my two sentenceContinue reading “FLASH FICTION CHALLENGE, Black Friday Edition: TWO-SENTENCE STORY”

FLASH FICTION CHALLENGE: PLOT POINT

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 PulitzerContinue reading “FLASH FICTION CHALLENGE: PLOT POINT”

Flash Fiction Challenge: Add A Line

I have always wanted to do a challenge like this. While this may not technically be flash fiction, since there’s no real definition of flash fiction, well then this definitely is flash fiction. Below is a chunk of my new story, The Water Castle. I’ll set the stage and walk away. You take over fromContinue reading “Flash Fiction Challenge: Add A Line”

FLASH FICTION CHALLENGE

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. Yawn. It’s just never been one of my thingsContinue reading “FLASH FICTION CHALLENGE”