Fiction, Flash Fiction, Fun Fridays, Writing

Let’s try an experiment

It’s Friday and I feel like doing something exciting. (Keep in mind, I’m a writer and I don’t get out much.) I’d like to propose an experiment. The other day, Christi Craig, tweeted a link to a flash writing prompt. I don’t usually take prompts, but as you may have read, I’m living on the wild side now. Actually, the link gave several prompts to choose from: single words, a photograph, a line beginning.


Nothing came to me when I read the single word prompts, I wasn’t inspired by the photo, but when I read the line beginning, a scene flashed on my internal movie screen. So I typed the four-word prompt and kept going. I wrote only three paragraphs, 217 words, but it felt complete to me … or maybe that was only as far as I had the heart to take it. As is, I think it would qualify as a flash story … or maybe that would be micro flash. (You tell me … on Monday.) Although the opening could lead in just about any direction, I went dark. It wasn’t intentional; I just used what came to mind in that instant.

So, I’m inviting you all to experiment using the same prompt. Write a flash story, an opening paragraph, or just an intriguing first line and share it with us here. I’ll post mine on Monday. I think it will be interesting to see the variety of storylines our creative minds come up with. (If you come up with good piece and don’t want to risk wasting your electronic rights by posting it on my blog, just share the first paragraph or two.)

Here’s the prompt: Through the open window

35 thoughts on “Let’s try an experiment”

  1. This sounds interesting. Makes me sad I can’t play this time. But how ’bout yours? Will we get to read it? Or are you in fact protecting those electronic rights?

    Have a great weekend, Linda!

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    1. Yes, I’ll reveal mine in Monday’s post.

      Now, you have me curious why you can’t “play this time.”

      Linda said: Nevermind. I remembered … it’s the SSRLP, right?

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  2. Linda,

    I’m heading out of town (within the hour), and I don’t know how much time I’ll have to write in the next two days. So, this prompt is great! I’ll take it with me and think about it…see what I can come up with on Monday!

    ps. thanks for the mention 🙂

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  3. I’m on day 10 of my new blog, SFD @ 2KoP, based on Anne Lamott’s idea of the sh**ty first draft and Lisa Romeo’s offer to send a fresh prompt to her readers every day in January (anyone can sign on). Anyone who would like to participate in the prompts on my SFD blog is more than welcome to post in the comments as well. Or sign up with Lisa Romeo and have her prompts sent directly to your email inbox.

    I will try your prompt and post in the comments on Monday. I followed the link in your post, but didn’t find Christi’s prompts. Was this only on Twitter? I Twitter for my husband’s pet store (sporadically), but that’s it.

    Finally, I’d like to invite you and your readers to participate in my Guest Post Writing Contest. I figure we can all use a little prompting and inspiration at this time of year.

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    1. Susan, I’ll go check out your new blog right now. I saw that you were having a guest post contest, but I don’t think I’m ready for that. Glad you’ll participate in my experiment.

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  4. Through the open window of her neighbor’s house, Debbie Denny watches the realtor caravan of women march inside her home. It’s the second tour of her listed house this month. Their excuse? Some realtors were missing from the last caravan, so they needed to hold another one. The truth? One of them, Mary Mindless, stole her husband and wasn’t satisfied. Now she has to rummage through her closets too. Debbie caught her on hidden camera last time pulling out clothes from her closet and making snide remarks about the brand names and size.

    It’s Debbie’s turn to laugh. This time she’s ready.

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