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Welcome to Flash Challenge!


What is Flash Challenge? A challenge to write, to produce. Maybe you have the writing chops but can't seem to get motivated to write, like Jim W., of Illinois. Maybe you've never written before but want to give it a try, like Hannah C., of central Texas. Maybe you just make up funny names, like Wendell K., of Wales. What do you do with a gift like that? You write flash fiction! Yeah! Okay! Why not!


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  Flash Challenge is about to begin!

A little competition never hurt anybody. No, wait. A little writing never hurt anybody. Hmm, that doesn’t seem right either… Okay, how’s this: join, login, write, and nobody gets hurt. Yeah. I can get behind that 100%. Prompts go up early Sunday. You have until Tuesday night to view the prompt. Write a story, a scene, an idea, whatever you can make, heads or tails. But careful: once you get the prompt, you only have 90 minutes. It’s like a race, kinda. But without the panting and sweat. It’s easier on the knees, anyway. Do you have what it takes?

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By Richard | October 1, 2008

Dear SMYL,

I want to write a novel but I have absolutely no discipline or motivation.  None, whatsoever…

See just there?  I almost stopped writing this letter.  That’s how bad it is.  I should go back to bed.  What can I do?

Indifferently,

Lazy in N.Dak.

Dear Lazy,

Participate in our 100 Word-a-Day Novel Writing Challenge!

- SMYL

Dear SMYL,

I am constantly revising-

I am continually revising-

I can’t make it past my first line!  Help!

Sincerely,

Insecure in Oklahoma

Dear Insecure,

Participate in our 100 Word-a-Day Novel Writing Challenge!

- SMYL


Flash Challenge #357: June 14, 2015

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“I like this place and could willingly waste my time in it.”
― William Shakespeare

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“In the spring, at the end of the day, you should smell like dirt.”
― Margaret Atwood

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“The world’s big and I want to have a good look at it before it gets dark.”
― John Muir

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“It’s not worth doing something unless someone, somewhere, would much rather you weren’t doing it.”
— Terry Pratchett

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“Nobody owns life, but anyone who can pick up a frying pan owns death.”
― William S. Burroughs

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“I may not have gone where I intended to go, but I think I have ended up where I needed to be.”
― Douglas Adams

Best of the Best:

Those Heroes of My Mind by Steve Ramey

Best Flash:

Those Heroes of My Mind by Steve Ramey

Best Narrative Voice:

Those Heroes of My Mind by Steve Ramey
Why Are We Here? by Mark DeMoss

Best Characterization:

Epitaph by James
The Funeral by Cezarija Abartis

Best Setting Development:

Those Heroes of My Mind by Steve Ramey
Why Are We Here? by Mark DeMoss

Best Dialogue:

Why Are We Here? by Mark DeMoss
The Funeral by Cezarija Abartis

Best Title:

Those Heroes of My Mind by Steve Ramey
Epitaph by James

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