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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 #318: August 24, 2014

“Rejoice while you are alive; enjoy the day; live life to the fullest; make the most of what you have. It is later than you think.”

“A picture is a poem without words.”

“Nothing’s beautiful from every point of view.”

“One wanders to the left, another to the right. Both are equally in error, but, are seduced by different delusions.”

“Think to yourself that every day is your last; the hour to which you do not look forward will come as a welcome surprise.”

“Holding on to anger is like grasping a hot coal with the intent of throwing it at someone else; you are the one who gets burned.”

“All that we are is the result of what we have thought. The mind is everything. What we think we become.”

“We are but dust and shadow”

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Best of the Best:

Dying with Amy by klutterfly

Best Flash:

Dying with Amy by klutterfly

Best Narrative Voice:

The Good Wife’s Last Day by Leah Welborn

Best Characterization:

The Bridges Out of Manhattan by Mark DeMoss

Best Setting Development:

Fanning the Fires by GK Adams

Best Dialogue:

Dying with Amy by klutterfly

Best Title:

The Good Wife’s Last Day by Leah Welborn

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