I Hereby Challenge Thee to a Duel!
One of the things I used to love about Chuck Wendig’s blog, Terribleminds, was that when I first started following it, he would do a flash fiction challenge every week. I loved Chuck’s writing prompts, and they’re where a few of the stories on this site got their inspiration. So, in trying to come up with an idea about what to do for Writers’ Wednesday this week, I thought – let’s see if the Brandonian fledglings can put their new writing skills to practice.
For the past couple of weeks I’ve been giving you posts designed to help unleash the writer within you, on topics like how to start a story, or how to write great dialogue. This week, it’s time to see if we can use some of that advice to create a story of our own. And don’t worry, we call it “Flash” Fiction for a reason. This particular story cannot exceed 1000 words. That’s the limit.
So What’s Our Topic?
Well, if you haven’t figured it out yet, I’ve thrown down the gauntlet and offered up a challenge. This week’s Flash Fiction theme is the duel. Pistols at dawn, lightsabers in the spaceport, a really intense chess match – It’s wide open. It can be about any kind of duel you want, but there must be some element of high-stakes, winner-take-all competition in it, and it can’t be over 1000 words. That’s your challenge.
Write your story and post it wherever you post your stuff, then paste a link in the comments. I don’t know whether I’ll get any entries or not, but if I do, I’ll pick one I like and re-post it here next week – so by “entering” you’re agreeing to let me do that. I’m going to do the same – a 1,000 word story about a duel by midnight next Tuesday, April 16th.
I really hope I get a lot of responses from you writers out there. I’d love for this to become a regular thing!