This will be the last of my flash fiction prompts and examples, though I will occasionally post a flash piece here. They’re so much fun to write and such a testimonial to crafting practice that I wouldn’t stop myself from writing them if anyone asked me to.
For today’s work, I chose two possible directions for us.
The first prompt comes from Nancy Stohlman. This marvelous writer/artist posts frequent flash fiction prompts on her website and writes some delicious stories of her own. Please take the time to drop in and experience a master of this story form. The prompt I chose for my purposes is #3 on her chart, which asks the writer to
“Find a story you’ve written that isn’t quite working. Chop it down to exactly 100 words. Give it a new title.”
If this one tickles your fancy, by all means, tackle it. If you’re like me, you have story ideas overflowing from tidbit files on your hard drive. Take one out for a short spin.
Or, you could do the following prompt from Flash Fiction Chronicles, one of the best journals around that zeroes in on the short form and encourages all writers to take the plunge with them. Our prompt from the “Chronicles” looks into the aspect of adages/clichés/figures of speech, etc.
“The Saying Goes … Think of an old expression such as “The early bird gets the worm” or “Penny wise and pound foolish” and write a story about it.”
There are hundreds of directions to go with this one and the more twisted one can make the result, the more fun the journey. Keep in mind the 100 word limit.
As for my own writing fancy, I chose the latter, since I’ve already given you a chance to see how I carved a former story down to the appropriate size. We’ll see if you can figure out the adage used as the base note for this little introduction piece.
She sat, examining flaws revealed by the mirror above her dressing table. Her eyes would never reshape themselves into feline dimensions. Her nose wouldn’t rise sharply at the end.
Why had Raymond married her? She wasn’t striking or handsome. She was merely acceptable by his family’s reckoning.
Discontent shadowed her eyes, turned down the corners of her mouth.
Behind her mirror, Raymond watched Eleanor’s continued disbelief. She possessed a beauty that surpassed the ordinary. Yet, she could see only words; waspish stings of jealous, lesser females.
He would again mount his campaign to enlighten his fair Eleanor, his queen.
And in case you’re wondering what adage or cliché I chose to use, it was “The grass is always greener on the other side of the fence.”
Enjoyment in writing comes in myriad forms and sizes. Take a chance, stretch your comfort zone. Try one of these little prompts and see where it takes you. You might just find an alluring, nay habit-forming, fascination with Flash Fiction.
Happy writing, all. I hope you’ve enjoyed this month’s activities as much as I have. This next month will be full of challenge for those who’re brave enough to take it on.
Sunday I will be outlining all of the particulars concerning our little poetic challenge and how it will work for those out there who want to partake.
Until then, enjoy yourselves. Have a terrific weekend, and I’ll see you back here in June, with poetry in two. Happy writing.