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. Through the open window I heard the whirring of hummingbird wings. A couple of the tiny creatures were flitting around my chocolate mint, causing the scent to sneak toward me where I sat rocking.

    They were not friends. I could tell.

    As they skipped toward the blooms of the trumpet vine, they took turns chasing each other away until they finally called a truce and went to opposite ends of the trellis.

    Reminded me of Lyle. And me. Weren’t we just like that? Fiercely territorial, argumentative, frantic.

    I leaned my head back, closed my eyes and took a deep breath, letting the mint cleanse my thoughts.


  2. Um, I guess I didn’t follow directions. I thought we were supposed to post today (Monday).

    Oh well, I posted my entry on my SFD @ 2KoP blog (my free writing blog). Feel free to check it out. I’m doing doing daily free writing on this blog. This post is called: Day #13 — Off the Beaten Path.

    I’ll also post the link on your “results” post. Now I’m going to read everyone else’s entries.



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