It’s the first Monday in August, and I’m feeling a little anxious.
To be fair, I feel anxious most Mondays. (And Tuesdays. And Wednesdays. And don’t even get me started on Thursdays.) Such is the joy of having a fucked up brain. But! That won’t stop me from presenting the next Flash Fiction Draw writing prompt.
(As always, you can click here to skip all this hullabaloo and go right to the good stuff.)
In case this is your first time at this rodeo, we build this writing prompt by drawing three cards, each from a different suit, which give us our genre, setting, and a random object to include in the story. Your mission (should you choose to accept it) is to write a 1,000-word (max) story by next Monday, send me the link, and I’ll post a roundup of all the stories created using the prompt.
Here’s a handy dandy chart showing which prompt elements have been used already:
|2||Science Fiction||Restaurant kitchen||Key|
|3||Fairy Tale||Studio apartment in a big city||Hairbrush|
|4||Horror||Auditorium||Length of rope|
|5||Mystery||Sewer||Pendant and necklace|
|6||Thriller||Highway tollbooth||Potted plant|
|7||Comedy||Farm field||Tablet computer|
|8||Fantasy||Pawn shop||Fountain pen|
|9||Ghost Story||Marsh||Decorative pillow|
|10||Suspense||Tulip field||Vacuum cleaner|
|J||Crime Caper||Trunk of a car||Bouquet of roses|
|Q||Action/Adventure||Toolshed / Utility closet||A stray sock|
|K||Historical Fiction||Shopping mall||Suitcase|
And here’s what I drew this month:
- historical fiction…
- set in a marsh…
- including a pendant and necklace.
You know, I was worried I was going to draw “shopping mall” for the setting there. I guess we dodged a bullet. And since this is historical fiction, maybe it’s a good time to dust off my characters Herbert and Miss Vida Greenleaf.
OK! Write a 1,000-word story (more or less) by next Monday, Aug. 9, and share a link to it in the comments below, or send an email, or tag me in a tweet. I hope you have fun with this!
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LOL! I have a couple of stories out in slushpiles set in malls! (Stop me if I sent this before, ‘net acting screwy!)