Hey hey writertron! Here’s your Flash Face Off writing prompts for this week’s writing challenge.
(We also have to say flash fiction challenge here for SEO. Hi! Flash writing challenge! Flashy flashy flash flash!)
This week’s prompts are:
SHIP VS STATION
“There is a wide, yawning black infinity. In every direction, the extension is endless; the sensation of depth is overwhelming. And the darkness is immortal. Where light exists, it is pure, blazing, fierce; but light exists almost nowhere, and the blackness itself is also pure and blazing and fierce.”
“Our three big emergencies are fire, loss of pressurisation or contaminated atmosphere. Any of those things in a spaceship are very deadly and time critical. Everybody’s trained, but I’m the commander of the ship, and it’s up to me to decide.”
“Here is a very simple strategy of life: When the train arrives at the station, be at the station!”
Mehmet Murat ildan
“But uppermost in our minds is the final destination. On a certain day at a certain hour we will pull into the station. There will be bands playing, and flags waving. And once we get there so many wonderful dreams will come true. So many wishes will be fulfilled and so many pieces of our lives finally will be neatly fitted together like a completed jigsaw puzzle. How restlessly we pace the aisles, damning the minutes for loitering … waiting, waiting, waiting, for the station. However, sooner or later we must realize there is no one station, no one place to arrive at once and for all.”
Robert J. Hastings
What are these fiction prompts for please?
Every week, we post a set of flash fiction prompts. You write a super small short 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 our Flash Face Off online open mic night. It’s pretty amazingly awesome, and you should definitely join this particular writing challenge, as well as our super supportive and lush writing community. Yes, you should.
The Flash Face Off Challenge works like this:
- Use the prompts to write in any way that inspires you. Pick a side, pick both, pick a quote, pick an image, or just go with the general aesthetic and vibe of the themes. Whatever floats your writerly boat. 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 two 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 short stories and give your constructive feedback.
- On the last Friday of the month we gather all our writers and have a big ol’ open mic party on Zoom where you can read your work and listen to other great stories.
How do I get on the big ol’ open mic party?
And that’s it!
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.
Ok, now we’re really done. Go write!