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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 #312: July 13, 2014

“All the adversity I’ve had in my life, all my troubles and obstacles, have strengthened me… You may not realize it when it happens, but a kick in the teeth may be the best thing in the world for you.” ― Walt Disney

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“And it’s a special day … a special day … I don’t know why it’s special yet, but it’s supposed to be a special day.” — a woman from upstate New York, singing in her sleep

“The course of true love never did run smooth.” — Shakespeare

“Moving, be like water. Still, be like a mirror. Respond like an echo.” — Bruce Lee

“Do you remember rock and roll radio?” — Ramones

Best of the Best:

Little Things by Steve Ramey
Selfie Control by BTanner

Best Flash:

Death By Screen by Alexander Pyles
Little Things by Steve Ramey
Travelling Clothes by Mark DeMoss
Selfie Control by BTanner
I Raised You Better Than This by Anonymous

Best Narrative Voice:

A Love Song of Air and Water by RomanWilderness
Travelling Clothes by Mark DeMoss

Best Characterization:

Death By Screen by Alexander Pyles
All Together Now by klutterfly

Best Setting Development:

Death By Screen by Alexander Pyles
Fairuza After the Fall by Anonymous

Best Dialogue:

To See the Visible World, and to Feel by GARYMARKBE
Little Things by Steve Ramey

Best Title:

A Love Song of Air and Water by RomanWilderness
Selfie Control by BTanner

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