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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 #323: September 28, 2014

Stop killing my vibe
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A challenger appears
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I want to be a saint
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Semi-welcome intruders
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False start

Fake it till you can make it better

Soul surfer- “Soul Surfer is a term coined in the 1960s, used to describe a surfer who surfs for the sheer pleasure of surfing. Although they may still enter in competitions, winning is not the soul surfer’s main motive, since they scorn the commercialization of surfing. The term denotes a spirituality of surfing.”

Soul (fill in the blank)

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“That’s part of American greatness, is discrimination. Yes, sir. Inequality, I think, breeds freedom and gives a man opportunity.” -Lester Maddox

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“Happiness is often at its most intense when it is based on inequality.” – James Salter

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“It may be that our role on this planet is not to worship God – but to create him.” – Arthur C. Clarke

Image“If I were to wait only for roles that clarify my racial makeup, I’d be waiting for a very, very long time.” – Wentworth Miller

Best of the Best:

The God-Making Girl by Leah Welborn

Best Flash:

A Soul to Fill the Blank by Steve Ramey
The God-Making Girl by Leah Welborn

Best Narrative Voice:

A Soul to Fill the Blank by Steve Ramey
The God-Making Girl by Leah Welborn

Best Characterization:

Chasing Empties by BB Sevilla
Soul Banker by gilest

Best Setting Development:

Three Questions by Fay Franklin
City of the Dead by GARYMARKBE

Best Dialogue:

Chasing Empties by BB Sevilla
The Cup of Coffee by klutterfly
The God-Making Girl by Leah Welborn

Best Title:

A Soul to Fill the Blank by Steve Ramey
Chasing Empties by BB Sevilla
The God-Making Girl by Leah Welborn

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