Flash Fiction Friday Four

As I mentioned last week, my new plan is to do my writing prompts here on Fridays, as part of rolling out Flash Fiction Friday. This is similar to what I was doing in my Muse Monday Feature. Today’s prompt is from the 3 A.M. Epiphany, and it is called War.

The four phases of war, according to James Fallows in the January/February issue of The Atlantic, are “deterrence and engagement,” “seize the initiative,” “decisive operations,” and “post-conflict”… In this exercise create an outline rather than a filled-out piece of narrative, a set of quick and dirty instructions for a scene that only occasionally bursts into full-throated song. You should also be funny. War is hell, but it can also be grimly funny, or at least it can be ridiculous and absurd. Make us laugh at this little war. 500 words.

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Flash Fiction Friday 3

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I think I’m starting to circle in on myself – starting to get some writing projects going. Which means, my thoughts keep turning back to them. Which is good and bad. For now, it means here’s a short thought from a character, tied in with my cruise-ship idea I’m going with for Muse Monday.

Last week I wrote a little bit to go with my story working-titled New Foundation. I’ll probably be coming back to these two in the weeks to come, I’m sure!

Flash Fiction Friday 2

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For my first longer-format flash-fiction story, I tried Fantasy. So I thought I would go with Science Fiction here. I used every character of a 140-character tweet. Which is unfortunate, since I was planning on adding the #flashfiction.

It’s a little rough, but it’s me trying to think through the longer story I’m working on. I wrote it a while ago, also. Since then, I’m moving into having a world I’ll be writing shorter fiction in… you can check that out on Monday!

Introducing Flash Fiction Friday!

I mentioned on Monday that I had been thinking about rearranging some of my Features here on DBCII. One that I have been working on is Six Word Story Saturday, which, while fun, is not the easiest thing to write. And, given I wasn’t getting a lot of interaction on these, I feel no problem with shifting that project to a slightly different one: Flash Fiction Friday.

Because blogging Features need alliteration.

So this is this week’s little story. I am, for now, going to keep doing the stories on Twitter, as an interesting forced limit to them. However, working within 140 characters is still a lot more than six words, so it’s some room to breathe. And, as I discussed last week, trying to create any sort of genre story in six words is very difficult – but I think that with 140 characters, there’s a shot!

So it’s a big improvement over a story like this:

Let me know what you think, and if you have any experience with Flash Fiction!

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