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).
One of my favorite quotes is: “A metaphor is like a simile.” This week for the second prompt, I am pushing similes and metaphors. If you need a refresher on metaphors and similes you can check out my earlier post on the subject. Write a story that is heavily ladened with similes and/or metaphors. The requirement is that you have a minimum of one simile/metaphor per every 50 words of your final word count. The challenge will be to make it feel natural and not forced. As per usual with the Non-standard prompt there is no word limit but there is a minimum of 200 words so you will have at least 4 similes/metaphors in your story. If your story stretches out to 300 words you should have a minimum of 6 similes/metaphors, a 350 word story will have 7 and so on.
This week I’m using the Non-Standard Prompt (similes and metaphors) as inspiration:
As Dixie Jarelle sat at the restaurant table, she tried to coax the hunk of dinner from between her teeth with the edge of a red enameled nail. What ever it was, felt like it was the size of a Lincoln Continental. Her tongue, raw and numb from earlier efforts to free the piece of food, had already cramped up like the calf of a marathon runner marking mile 23. She adjusted her bra strap and her breasts quaked with about as much enticement as a plate of aspic; each one likely weighing as much as an overfed cat. Her make-up was liberally and thickly applied, as if she mistakenly got ready at her husband’s workbench finding only a trowel and paintbrush. In short, she looked like a French whore on the way to the circus.
“Sorry, Dearie. Gotta go pee. Feels like me back teeth are floatin’. A lovely meal, just the two of us. Don’t you spoil it by runnin’ off on me, now.” Her voice crackled like broken glass and Michael watched her sashaying retreat; a spirited game of dodge ball taking place beneath her skirt. Over the other patrons he could see her high piled hair—a color and style usually found at a cotton candy stand—disappear around the corner.
He pushed his plate aside, dropped his forehead to the damask tablecloth and heaved a sigh that might have registered 2.3 on the Richter Scale. “I have got to find a place for Grandma,” he muttered, “before Debbie serves up divorce papers for breakfast.”
I came up with 12 similes/metaphors within 260 words. That’s about one per every 22 words. How’d you do?