I love flash fiction challenges so I serve up some new ones here every Tuesday, and since every one likes choices I’m providing you with two weekly writing prompts. You can participate in either one, or double your pleasure by trying your hand at both. Submit your link any time between Tuesdays.
The Standard Prompt will always consist of a two-word prompt to be used as inspiration. The Non-Standard Prompt will change from week to week. Sometimes it will be a visual prompt, sometimes a first sentence or phrase, sometimes a scenario, etc. The limit for the Two for Tuesday Standard Prompts is 200 words and the Nonstandard Prompt has a minimum of 200 words. Use the little blue link thing below to submit your link or leave an entry in the comments section.
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Here is this week’s two-fer:
You have lots of creative leeway. The limit is 200 words. The words can be used:
- simply as a point of inspiration and do not have to be used directly
- they can be included exactly as provided
- or each word can be used independently of each other (for example if Death Row was the prompt instead of crafting a story about an inmate on the way to the gallows, you might write something like: Despite feeling like death from an excess of cheap vodka consumed the night before, Evelyn moved on to planting her next row of spinach).
This week for the alternative prompt, I am providing you with a scenario. Write a story about a man and woman on a road trip. He uses the men’s room while she fills the car with gas. When he comes out, she and the car are gone. As per usual with the Non-standard prompt there is no word limit but there is a minimum of 200 words.
Here is my effort for the Standard Prompt using razor thin as inspiration:
Petru Bochinsky had lots going against him. He was a new transfer student who knew little English, was tall and razor thin, looking as if he was built out of coat hangers. Scapula poked sharply at the back of his shirt like shovel blades. His fingers were long and slender and his complexion was as pale and thin as skim milk. Some started calling him Dracula. Then the idea began circulating that there was a direct correlation between the length of one’s feet and the measure of another certain bit of anatomy. Suddenly, Petru, who wore a size 14 shoe, was very popular with the girls.