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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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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?


Lazy in N.Dak.

Dear Lazy,

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


Dear SMYL,

I am constantly revising-

I am continually revising-

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


Insecure in Oklahoma

Dear Insecure,

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


Flash Challenge #349: April 12, 2015

The Silver Warrior

The Death Dealer

The Passion of St. Joan
El Greco

Fritz Leiber Jr., Author

Quotes from Fritz Leiber

Thoughts are dangerous, he told himself, and thoughts against all science, all sanity, all civilized intelligence, are the most dangerous of all.

What was life worth, anyway, if you had to sit around remembering not to mention this, that, and the other thing because someone else might be upset?

It’s this mucking inefficiency and death of the cosmos — and don’t tell me that isn’t in the cards! — masquerading as benign omniscient authority.

Nations are as equal as so many madmen or drunkards.

In the wake of a Big Change, cultures and individuals are transposed, it’s true, yet in the main they continue much as they were, except for the usual scattering of unfortunate but statistically meaningless accidents.

Sometimes I wonder if our memories are as good as we think they are and if the whole past wasn’t once entirely different from anything we remember, and we’ve forgotten that we forgot.

Of course, if you assume a big enough conspiracy, you can explain anything, including the cosmos itself.

Not for the first time Richard reflected that this age’s vaunted ‘communications industry’ had chiefly provided people and nations with the means of frightening to death and simultaneously boring to extinction themselves and each other.

“The thing with pretending you’re in a good mood is that sometimes you can.”
-Charles de Lint

“The world is a perpetual caricature of itself; at every moment it is the mockery and the contradiction of what it is pretending to be.”
-George Santayana

“Fatherhood is pretending the present you love most is soap-on-a-rope.”
-Bill Cosby

“There’s something magical about spending a Sunday night watching real people at a deli, then watching fake people pretending to be real on TV, then engaging in (arguably) false interaction with (arguably) real people on the Internet. Never at any prior point in time has this been possible.”
-Diablo Cody

Best of the Best:

Pretending by Steve Ramey

Best Flash:

Pretending by Steve Ramey

Best Narrative Voice:

End of Days and Other Things by GARYMARKBE
Pretending by Steve Ramey

Best Characterization:

Pretending by Steve Ramey

Best Setting Development:

End of Days and Other Things by GARYMARKBE

Best Dialogue:

What We Don’t Tell the Grandparents by Leah Welborn

Best Title:

What We Don’t Tell the Grandparents by Leah Welborn

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