House, Car, or Town

Write a story in which a house, car, or town is a passive but important character. For example: In the film “Little Miss Sunshine” the dysfunctional van (that the whole family had to push) was one of the most lovable, reliably flawed characters.

Rebellious Secret

Write a story involving both a rebellious act (or fantasy) and a secret. In Raymond Carver’s story “Fat”, the main character is a waitress who has grown inconveniently fond of an obese customer who treats her with kindness. She feels useful to him, and is enlivened by his presence. He is not easy to look […]

Because….

Write a first person “Because” story.¬†Start every line with “Because”. List the reasons why a character worries, doubts.. etc. Or why the character loves, envies or hates. For example. “Because I found him with in the kitchen at 6:00AM, looking at the clock. Because my mother died in the ocean on the nicest day of […]

Write Or Die

Autopilot: Don’t think about what you are writing, write as much as you can as fast you can without any editing or worry about grammar, spelling, story arc, or logic. Do it for as long as possible: one hour, two hours, three hours: don’t look back don’t look up.

Dramatic Stakes

Heh heh. Well, with the election upon us, I figured it was time to do a dramatic stakes prompt. So here it is: Write about a situation in which the stakes are very high, but don’t let the characters speak of it. Have them act as normally or even blandly as possible, given that something […]

Nov 6th Word Prompt

Try to use as many of these words as you can. Write about two people who seem to not belong together. Resplendent, Dandy, Peckish, Sniffle, Antique, Outspread, Crest, Hiss

Novel in 12 Paragraphs

Instead of writing about a moment in time in your flash story, write about an entire world in 12 paragraphs…¬† That is, write a novel in one or two pages.