Flash Face Off – 2nd March

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Author: SarahWHQ
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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:

PATTERN vs PLAIN

 

There are only patterns, patterns on top of patterns, patterns that affect other patterns. Patterns hidden by patterns. Patterns within patterns. 
If you watch close, history does nothing but repeat itself. 
What we call chaos is just patterns we haven’t recognized. What we call random is just patterns we can’t decipher. what we can’t understand we call nonsense. What we can’t read we call gibberish.
There is no free will. 
There are no variables.

Chuck Palahniuk

 

I’m now proud to be the scapegoat, black sheep, or whatever animal because toxic generational patterns are finally ending with me.

Christine E. Szymanski

 

Human beings are pattern-seeking animals. It’s part of our DNA. That’s why conspiracy theories and gods are so popular: we always look for the wider, bigger explanations for things.

Adrian McKinty

 

Certainly, on the vast windy plain, there was plenty of nothing to be looked at. 

Larry McMurtry, The Last Kind Words Saloon

 

Crying is for plain women. Pretty women go shopping. 

Oscar Wilde

Four birds in a diagonal line going down against a bright blue sky with white clouds

A pattern of birds in a blue sky by Pixababy at Pexels

An African plain with a herd of zebras and some foliage in the background An African plain with a herd of Zebras by Nancy Yu at Pexels

A woman sitting at desk cutting a pattern for cloth

A person cutting a pattern for cloth by Pavel Danilyuk at Pexels

A woman with a face mask on, a towel on her head, a dressing gown, and sunglasses on holding a mirror up

A woman in a facemask holding up a mirror by Anna Shvets at 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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