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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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Come join the parade. Participate in our regular weekly Flash Challenge where you will be competing for glory, worldwide fame, the satisfaction of a job well done, and the coveted jester cap doubloon. Log in any time between now and Tuesday night to get this week’s prompt. Don’t check the prompt, though, until you’re ready to write uninterruptedly for 90 minutes. The timer starts as soon as you hit the link. If you haven’t registered yet, you still have time to do so and compete in this week’s contest. It’s off the tip, yo.

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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 #332: November 30, 2014

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My opposition to Interviews lies in the fact that offhand answers have little value or grace of expression, and that such oral give and take helps to perpetuate the decline of the English language. – James Thurber
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I like the relationship between the master and the student. Each piece has new problems, and each is different. They’re all an indentured servitude. There’s that subjugation that you have to put yourself under. It’s a give and take. There is work involved, and during that time, the greatest things are revealed. – Mike Bidlo
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The ability to compromise is not a diplomatic politeness toward a partner but rather taking into account and respecting your partner’s legitimate interests. – Vladimir Putin
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Best of the Best:

A Modern Fairy Tale by Leah Welborn

Best Flash:

This Day in Prompts by Steve Ramey
A Modern Fairy Tale by Leah Welborn

Best Narrative Voice:

This Day in Prompts by Steve Ramey
A Modern Fairy Tale by Leah Welborn

Best Characterization:

Hijab by Mark DeMoss
Channel Bruce Lee by RomanWilderness

Best Setting Development:

This Day in Prompts by Steve Ramey
The Congested and the Undecided by GARYMARKBE
Vanishing Point by Cezarija Abartis

Best Dialogue:

Hijab by Mark DeMoss
The Congested and the Undecided by GARYMARKBE
Vanishing Point by Cezarija Abartis
The Vanishing Point by RomanWilderness

Best Title:

This Day in Prompts by Steve Ramey
Channel Bruce Lee by RomanWilderness

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