Monday, August 11, 2014

Microfiction: Calling For Prompts!

As some of you know, one of my stories ("In It") has just been published on NYC midnight (you can check that out here, if you haven't already). It's a story I'm very proud of. It was written during a prompt-based flash fiction competition. Which means they shoot three prompts at you (a location, an object and a genre) and you have 48 hours to produce a story.
It's scary at first (e.g. how the hell do you write a crime caper at a bridal shower involving a red button), but it's a great way to force you into writing. As they say, the best tool for a writer is bum glue. It also forces you out of your comfort zone, which I found makes me write thing I'd never thought I had in me. Including "In It"
And it gave me an idea: I have, for a couple of years now, enjoyed writing microfiction. That is, very very short stories (my criteria is usually the size of a tweet (recent example here). So what I'm asking now, is for people to give me a prompt. A word, an object, a character, a place, anything you want, in the comments below. And I'll try to write a microfiction with it, if I can.
Here goes nothing...


Pierre Mackay said...

Vincent here goes something:
Location : Commercial airplane lavatory
Object: An enveloppe
Format: 400 words max

Darren Lehane said...

Time to challenge you again:

Location: A chimney
Object: An out of date calender
Genre: Sci-fi
Word count: 500 words max

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