Flash Face Off – 25th June

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The two opposing themes for this week’s Flash Face Off are: DEEDS vs WORDS

Use the prompts below and/or the theme to write – in any way that inspires you. And remember – flash doesn’t have to be dark and traumatic to be effective.

Pick a side. (Or write about both!)

Pick an image and/or a quote, or more than one, or a mix of both.

It is tooootally up to you, so long as your writing has some kind of connection to this week’s themes and is no longer than 500 words. We only ask that you stick to a maximum of two stories. When you post a story it will go into a queue to be checked for all relevant content warnings before it goes live. 

You have until midday on Thursday 30th June to think, write, and post up your story to our Flash Face Off forums.

PLEASE make good use of these 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 your writing community).

We’ll be picking a handful of stories to be read on our live Flash Face Off online event at 8pm on Friday so will get in touch with authors on Friday afternoon to sort out logistics.

And that’s it! Enough preamble. Roll out the prompts!

DEEDS vs WORDS

An ornate deed declaring a new Dukedom to Duke Joshua Edward Stow-Moulden of Northern Ireland
Image credit: Wikimedia Commons
magnetic words in a pile. Words that are visible include sorrow, wet, bug, torn, wings, dad, believe, you, explore, ravish
Image credit: Glen Carrie
a bin in a park with the words 'do good deeds daily' written on it in white pen
Image credit: Jasper Garrett
a printing press
Image credit: Lennert Naessens
a banner reading 'Barnsley Town Council prays for women's suffrage'
Image credit: LSE Library
a black wall with colourful grafitti. Words visible include stay crazy, smile, give me love, queen bee, girlz, fashion alert
Image credit: Andreas Fickl

Be militant in your own way! Those of you who can break windows, break them. Those of you who can still further attack the secret idol of property…do so. And my last word is to the Government: I incite this meeting to rebellion. Take me if you dare!
— Emmeline Pankhurst

Words can be like X-rays if you use them properly – they’ll go through anything. You read and you’re pierced.
— Aldous Huxley, Brave New World

A Deed knocks first at Thought
And then — it knocks at Will —
That is the manufacturing spot
And Will at Home and well

— Emily Dickinson, Deed

That’s what careless words do. They make people love you a little less.
— Arundhati Roy, The God of Small Things

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Poppy O'Neill

Poppy O'Neill

Poppy does lots behind the scenes at Writers’ HQ. She also writes nonfiction books about mental health for children and adults and reads entries for NYC Midnight. She has an MA in Creative Writing from the University of Chichester, for which she won the Kate Betts Memorial Prize. She lives in Sussex with her wife, two children, two cats and a dog.
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