Friday, January 8, 2016

Flash Fiction Challenge #4

Well, it’s been a while since we had a flash fiction challenge around here. A few people have asked me about it, though, and I am very excited to announce my fourth challenge! You can see results from previous challenges here and here.

For those of you who haven’t heard about my flash fiction challenges, every so often, I host a challenge that includes three elements:

  • A writing prompt someone gives to you
  • A writing prompt you give to someone else
  • Feedback for each of the participants by the various participants

“Flash fiction” is a genre of short fiction, generally around 500 words, but examples can be up to 1000 words. In our challenge, the maximum length will be 1000 words, but each person may assign a shorter length with their prompt. Prompts can be anything from a concept to a sentence starter to a picture, etc. If it can prompt a story, you can use it.

Flash Fiction #4

Feel free to use this image to promote the challenge. Just don’t change it in any way, please.

If you’d like to participate, comment on this post with the name of the blog you would be posting your story on. If you don’t have a blog, you can still take part! You do, however, need a way to comment. If you do have a Google account or some other way of commenting on blogs, comment here and email me at rachelleoneilwriter [at] gmail [dot] com. I’ll make sure to put you on the list.  On Friday, January 22, two weeks from today, I will pair you each with your partners and give the official rule list. You may sign up anytime between now and then. For now, remember the following:

  1. Your prompt is dependent on someone I assign to you. You do not come up with your own prompt.
  2. No profanity, sexual scenes, or excessive violence.
  3. If you do sign up, do me a favor and spread the word about the challenge via Twitter, Pinterest, your blog, or some other method. You may use the above image to do so.

If you have any questions at all, please comment or email me. These are always a blast, and  I’d love to have you take part!

43 comments:

  1. Yay! Count me in. https://craftingstoriesinred.wordpress.com/

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  2. Yes! Flash Fiction time again! :D Count me in at Writing In Rivendell!

    www.writinginrivendell.blogspot.com

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    1. ok I'm in just give me someone to work with or whatever.

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    2. Hi, Evan. In order for you to sign up, I need the blog address that you'll be posting your story on. Thank you.

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    3. Evan, you've signed up, so you don't do anything else until January 22. On that Friday, I will assign everybody their partners. Then you'll give a writing prompt to one partner and receive a prompt from your other partner. You will then have two weeks to write a piece of fiction based on the prompt and word limit you are given. Does that make sense?

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    4. A prompt is anything that can inspire a story. So, it might be a concept (example: write about a cruise ship lost at sea), a specific sentence to start the story (example: it was a terrible idea), a song, a picture, or anything else that might inspire a story.

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  3. Oooh. *takes a deep breath* I am joining in. I debated back and forth for a while, but finally flipped a coin and decided to join in again. It was difficult for me last time, and this time I'm doing school more actively... But I'm going to try. xP
    I'll be posting mine on https://storyoffire.wordpress.com/

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    1. Oh, I'm so glad! I know it can be hard, but I think stretching your writing is definitely worth it. Thanks so much for taking the plunge with us, Faith!

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    2. wor war related content be considered bad?

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    3. If you include war-related content, I would prefer that it be slight. What kind of content are you thinking? Grisly deaths? Torture? Or just fighting? (Also, you shouldn't be brainstorming your story yet, as you haven't received your prompt.)

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  4. Yay! This was so fun last time! :D And I have a blog this time: http://flightsfromtheaerie.blogspot.com

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    1. Hello, Sierra! I'm so glad you're participating again! Ooh, very exciting - I'm off to check out your blog! :)

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  5. Oh, this sounds fun!! You can definitely count me in. :) I'll also be adding this to my sidebar.
    I've never participated in one before, so I'll probably have oodles of questions! ;-)
    My blog: http://www.fireflysstoryspace.blogspot.com/

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    1. Welcome! Oh, thank you very much! I appreciate that. :) Definitely ask away if you're confused/curious about anything.

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  6. This is cool! I'll do it!
    My blog is theartofwritingforhim.blogspot.com

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    1. Thank you! I look forward to writing with you, Rachael!

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  7. I'd like to join (:

    https://horsfeathersblog.wordpress.com/

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  8. I'm kind of busy but I'd like to try.
    https://jessilroberts.wordpress.com/blog/

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    1. Well, we'd love to have you! Welcome aboard, Jessi!

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  9. Well, I've never done one of these before. . .but it sounds like fun!! :D I'm in! :)

    http://jessaswhimsicalwritings.blogspot.com/

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  10. I'd like to join in! I need the practice, and it looks like fun. ;)

    http://www.thoughtsfromadaughterofgod.blogspot.com

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  11. Found out about this from Emmarayne Redding and thought this sounded fun. I'm in!
    Sarah @ http://dreams-dragons.blogspot.com/

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    1. Thanks for joining, Sarah! I look forward to writing with you!

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  12. Okay... okay... I think I'm going to try it again. *isn't nervous at all* I can do it, right? *deep breath*

    awritersfaith.blogspot.com

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  13. This is a first for me, but I will try this...
    truthofthelens.blogspot.com

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    1. Hello, Anna! Welcome aboard! Partners will be posted in the next couple hours.

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  14. Hello! I just saw this this evening! Would I still be able to join the challenge?

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