Flash Face Off – 6th August

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The two opposing themes for this week’s Flash Face Off are: HORIZONTAL vs VERTICAL

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 11th August 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!

HORIZONTAL vs VERTICAL

the horizon over a flat sea with gathering clouds
Image credit: Dave Hoefler
Shanghai skyline
Image credit: Siyuan Hu
a block of flats with air conditioning units
Image credit: Annie Spratt
two beams of light descending from a dark sky towards a ruined building
Image credit: Dave Hoefler
beach houses painted in bright, horizontal and vertical stripes
Image credit: Hector Martinez
pine trees from below
Image credit: Dave Hoefler

The tail of the comet always points straight away from the sun, in antisolar direction. Sometimes the tail trails behind, but sometimes it’s perpendicular, and sometimes it’s ahead of the comet like a headlight on a railroad locomotive.
— Eugene Parker

We think of stories a lot of the time as being horizontal texts, beginning to end. But I love the idea of having little vertical spikes in the story, too.
— Lauren Groff

Dizzy under buildings
Bending like their willing
Is it what I’m seeing
Vertical is fright.

— Animal CollectiveVertical

the thinnest slither of the moon,
as when the lights go out,
or a long wave folds,
that kind of moment,
almost a whisper.

— Tom Cunliffe, Horizon

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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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