Flash Face Off – 22nd March

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Author: Kathy Hoyle
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Hey hey writertron! Here’s your Flash Face Off prompts for the week.

Scroll to the bottom of the page and find out what we’re actually doing>>

 

The week’s prompts are:

LAND Vs SEA

 

I remember my childhood names for grasses and secret flowers. I remember where a toad may live and what time the birds awaken in the summer — and what trees and seasons smelled like — how people looked and walked and smelled even. The memory of odors is very rich.

John Steinbeck, East of Eden

 

Take a trip to the exotic landscape of your lover’s body.

Alexandra Katehakis, Erotic Intelligence

 

We tend to think of landscapes as affecting us most strongly when we are in them or on them, when they offer us the primary sensations of touch and sight. But there are also the landscapes we bear with us in absentia, those places that live on in memory long after they have withdrawn in actuality, and such places — retreated to most often when we are most remote from them — are among the most important landscapes we possess.

Robert McFarlane, The Old Ways: A Journey on Foot

 

I have been feeling very clearheaded lately and what I want to write about today is the sea. It contains so many colors. Silver at dawn, green at noon, dark blue in the evening. Sometimes it looks almost red. Or it will turn the color of old coins. Right now the shadows of clouds are dragging across it, and patches of sunlight are touching down everywhere. White strings of gulls drag over it like beads.
It is my favorite thing, I think, that I have ever seen. Sometimes I catch myself staring at it and forget my duties. It seems big enough to contain everything anyone could ever feel.

Anthony Doerr, All the Light We Cannot See

 

A lighthouse standing on a craggy cliffside, a dramatic sky behind it with clouds obscuring the sun

A lighthouse standing on a craggy cliffside by Pixabay at Pexels

Colourful underwater sealife, rocks in the centre of the screen with colourful fish swimming around it

Colourful underwater sealife by Neha Pandey at Pexels

Red and White Land for Sale sign in some grass

Red and White Land for Sale sign by istock

Cowboy riding a horse through a river canyon, the sun hitting the top half of the rocks behind the rider and horse

Cowboy riding a horse through a river canyon by Jamie Reimer at Pexels

A tiny shrub being watered amongst dry dirt

A tiny shrub being watered by Karolina Grabowska ay Pexels

 

What are these prompts for please?

Every week, we post a set of flash fiction prompts. You write a super small story (500 words or fewer), post it on our forums, give and receive feedback, and at the end of the month we pick our faves for a Friday night online open mic night. It’s pretty amazingly awesome and you should definitely join us. Yes you should.

It works like this:

Use the prompts to write in any way that inspires you. Pick a side, pick both, pick a quote or pick an image, or just go with the general aesthetic and vibe of the themes. Whatever floats your writerly hoozits. And remember—flash doesn’t have to be dark and traumatic to be effective.

Edit your writing into a beaut 500 word story and post it on the Flash Face Off forums (please submit no more than 2 stories per week thanks!)

While you’re waiting for the awesome writerly community to read your story and offer wise words and critique, read at least two other stories and give your constructive feedback.

That’s it! At the end of every month we gather all our faves and have a big ol’ open mic party. Sign up here.

NO WAIT ONE MORE THING!

Please do make good use of the workshopping forums to offer feedback to others, receive feedback on your own story, and tweak/edit as much as you like. This really is the absolute best way to develop your writing (and it’s a really nice way to be part of this

Ok now we’re really done. Go write.

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