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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 #343:

He—for there could be no doubt of his sex, though the fashion of the time did something to disguise it—was in the act of slicing at the head of a Moor which swung from the rafters. —Virginia Woolf, Orlando (1928)

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Best of the Best:

Slap My Ass! by klutterfly
Nine Lifetimes by BB Sevilla
The Copperfield Mask by Fay Franklin

Best Flash:

Slap My Ass! by klutterfly
Nine Lifetimes by BB Sevilla
The Copperfield Mask by Fay Franklin

Best Narrative Voice:

Nine Lifetimes by BB Sevilla
Fox and Owl by Leah Welborn

Best Characterization:

Slap My Ass! by klutterfly

Best Setting Development:

Fox and Owl by Leah Welborn
Two Pigs and Me by GK Adams

Best Dialogue:

Fox and Owl by Leah Welborn

Best Title:

Slap My Ass! by klutterfly

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