A Call For Challenges…And For Rut-Breaking


Ruts suck.  They suck in life, and they suck more in writing.

I need to break out of one.

No, really — I need to break out of one!

One of the new(ish) things I have adopted to break bad momentum is micro-fiction.  For those of you who don’t know, micro-fiction is defined as very short stories.  In my little corner of the universe, they are stories of roughly 100-300 words or so.

Heck, I’ve even posted a couple of them: here and here.

The micro-fiction that I’ve written to-date — err, well, that which I have admitted to, anyway — has all been the result of “flash fiction” contests…which is just a writer-nerd way of saying that I had only a day or two to actually write and submit the damned things.

Honestly, as scary as it is, I enjoy that.  I like the dynamic, and I like the challenge.  Shit, I need the dynamic and the challenge, if only as a change from my normal writing.

I don’t have any contests on my radar at the moment…but I need a change nonetheless.  Today isn’t a post so much as it is a call: give me a challenge.

7a5bd3060b9401733137efc9e9117070Your mission, should you decide to accept it, is this: send me a topic and a word-count (100-300 words).  I honestly don’t care if your subject is a lyric or stanza from a song/poem, an image, or a general thought/emotion…just find something that has some emotion to it, and challenge me to write the story.

Put your suggestions in the comments, put them in an email, put them on my Facebook page…I also don’t particularly care about the source. I will accept & consider everything I receive by the end of Sunday night.

From your end, that’s pretty much it.

From my end?  That’s where the work — and the fun — begins.  I will tackle as many of the submissions as I can, and then let all of you judge the results.

Judge the results…that’s the joker in the deck!

I will post everything I manage to finish (and be happy with) next Friday, March 30th.  After that, it is up to you folks to give me feedback on the various pieces.

Honestly, it is up to you to pick the best.  Just like the submissions, I don’t care if the results come via comment or email or Facebook, just let me know what you think!!


One thought on “A Call For Challenges…And For Rut-Breaking

  1. Frank Tranzow March 25, 2018 / 4:23 pm

    200 words – the topic “elation”


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