Flash Fiction: A complete story written in 1,000 or fewer words.
Writing Prompt: A story idea that jump starts a writer. The prompt is folded into the story verbatim or with minimal alteration. Here’s a prompt: “Wearing a Santa elf hat, the calico cat stared quizzically at me as I …”
Hmmm, as I what?
… squeezed off a couple of rounds from my Glock …
… slid under Mrs. Claus’ sheets with a hearty Ho, Ho, Ho …
… asked the cat, “Are all the elves, cats?”
Get the picture?
I try to turn out a complete story in 30 minutes. The pressure pushes my creative juices to the max. Then I will “play with” my basic story to develop it more thoroughly.
Here’s some Flash Fiction I wrote from prompts. If you want to know more details, please contact me through my website. I’ll be happy to connect with you.
Have fun with prompt writing. I do.
“Recycled” is a piece of Flash Fiction I wrote based on the photo below taken in St. Petersburg, FL by a college friend, John Hayes, street name, “Oops John.”
Among other things, Hayes excels as a street photographer, photo journalist, professor, writer and overall reprobate.
I encourage you to check out his...Read More »
It’s New Year’s Eve 3:50 PM.
I just finished my last session of this year and resume again on January second of next year. In our last session, my shrink and I talked about my New Year’s resolutions.
I think a lot about my resolutions. I want resolutions I can keep. You...Read More »
My friend John Hayes was intrigued by the “flash fiction” I write and publicly issued me a creative challenge: Write a story based on a visual prompt from a series of pictures he took recently at a Mexican Cantina overlooking the Pacific Ocean in Northern California.
The first image establishes a context; subsequent pictures hone in on...Read More »
Written from the prompt:
“I’ve just watched Tennessee Williams’ ‘The Night of the Iguana,’ starring Ava Gardner and Richard Burton.”
Friday night, 10:30 p.m. I’ve just watched Tennessee Williams’ “The Night of the Iguana” starring Ava Gardner and Richard Burton. The credits roll past my fogged eyes. I point and click...Read More »