Friday, May 31, 2013


Is there anybody out there...there...there?

(Image Via Photobucket: Freedom Queen-Tunnel of Love Ukraine)

Happy writing Friday Flashy Fiction writers!!

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

A Loss For Words?

A quick note or the beginning of a new story?  Is the pad blank due to writer's block?  Are you an investigative reporter or just doing research?  Maybe this is about to be come a sketch book.  Write a little Flashy Fiction involving the quaint, old-fashioned pencil and pad as a key piece of the story.

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Falling Angels

image courtesy of Digital Blasphemy

Has Heaven cast out the angels for failure to follow orders?  Is this the coming of the apocalypse?  Maybe it's an astronomical light show or the beginning of the end of your world.  Write a little Flashy Fiction on how a witness might interpret and react to this scene.

Saturday, May 18, 2013

Flashy Fiction widget

In trying to increase the traffic to the Flashy Fiction website, we've developed the graphic above for friends and fans of the site to post on their websites, blogs, etc.  Below we have provided instructions for how to put this image on your site as a link back to the Flashy Fiction site.  The image is 150 pixels by 150 pixels and has a white background with no border.

A preview of the linked image on a WordPress blog can be seen here:

On WordPress:
Method One:  Text widget
  1.  Add the "Text" widget to a sidebar
  2.  Copy the HTML code below and paste it into the widget's text box.
       <span style='display:block!important;width:150px;height:150px;text-align:center;font-family:sans-serif;font-size:12px;border:1px solid #000000;'>

       <a href="">

       <img src="" title="Flashy Fiction ...daily writing prompts">


Method Two:  Image widget
  1.  Add an "Image" widget to a sidebar
  2.  Copy and paste this URL into the Image URL field:
  3.  Copy and paste this URL into the Link URL field:

On Blogger:
Method One:  HTML/Javascript gadget
  1.  Add the "Text" widget to a sidebar
  2.  Copy the HTML code below and paste it into the widget's text box
       <div style='display:block!important;width:200px;height:150px;text-align:center;font-size:10px;margin-bottom:30px;'>
       <a href="">
       <img src="" title="Flashy Fiction ...daily writing prompts" style="border:1px solid #000000;" />
       </a><br />
Add this widget to your site to share your love for Flashy Fiction.

Method Two:  Image gadget
  1.  Add the "Image" gadget where you want it
  2.  Copy and paste this URL into the Image URL field:
  3.  Copy and paste this URL into the Link URL field:
  4.  Save the gadget

On a Website:
Method One:  Code/HTML view
  --In the code, add the following code snippet where you want the linked image to appear:
       <a href="">
       <img src="" title="Flashy Fiction ...daily writing prompts">

Method Two:  Design/GUI view
  1.  'Insert an image/picture' where you want the linked image to be
  2.  Use the URL below as the source/location of the image:"
  3.  Enter 'alt/alternate text' and 'title/hover' text as you see fit.  We recommend: Flashy Fiction ...daily writing prompts"
  4.  Select the new image and add/edit a hyperlink to the following URL:
   **These are general guidelines for design/GUI implementation.  Your specific web development software may use different words/fields/methods for accomplishing this task.


The Saturday Workshop is a new feature at FLASHY FICTION. We will explore the writing process, developing certain elements that we can use in future prompts.

Today, lets develop a character.

It's easy to put a character into our stories, but it is more satisfying to establish one of substance.

  • Decide who your character is. Male or female, young or old. 
  • Will your character be the protagonist (hero) or the antagonist (opponent)?
  • Give your character a personality. List qualities a good person may have. Make another list of qualities a bad person could have. Use these to add flair to your characters. Remember, no protagonist is perfect. An antagonist is not purely evil. Find a mix of qualities that make your characters more human. A 60% to 40% ratio will keep your characters well rounded.
  • Create an appearance for your character. Observe people around you. What features appeal to you? Which turn you off? Look at magazine and television and list desirable and unwanted traits. Give them quirks that make them unforgettable. Maybe they twirl their hair, or pluck their beards. They could be a loveable drunk, or just a nasty person
  • Be creative with the name. Keep a note book of interesting names you hear or see and try to use them in your characterization.
  • Put some meat on his/her bones - Flesh out your character. Give your characters background. What is their sexual orientation? Do they have political leanings? Practice any religious beliefs? Create interesting jobs. Do they have a hobby? What kind of music, movies, books, etc. do they enjoy? How do they treat people who can do nothing for them. Do they do the right things when no one is watching?
  • Don't let your character be predictable - don't be afraid to be surprised by what your character is capable of doing, good or bad. 
As an exercise, use these ideas to create and post a profile for a character.  Write one for a hero. Write one for an antagonist. A love interest? Try using one (or all) of these in your next attempt at FLASHY FICTION .

Friday, May 17, 2013

All Things Small...

and Creepy-Crawly. 


Get gritty with your Friday Flashy Fiction today!
Have fun...happy writing! 

Thursday, May 16, 2013


Nothing stays the same.

And when the realization hits us, we either adapt and change, or wither and die on the vine. It's time we decide instead of hiding behind the Same Old, Same Old!

Your mission is to write a piece about someone who either has decided to change the way they do things OR has resigned to give up the ship. Either way, make the change in your approach an expressive one.

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

The Call

The phone rings.  You answer it.  Your life is changed forever.  Did you get the call at work?  Home? On the go? Did it turn a lazy day crazy or bring everything to a grinding halt?  Write a little Flashy Fiction about this phone call and how it changes your life.

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Our Hero

"In Memory of a [school name] Hero.  Mr. [hero's name].  Our Mailman.  Our Friend." 

This guy had been the mailman for this school for a long time.  He was incredibly friendly and always had a piece of candy for the kids when he'd see them and all the kids in the school knew his name.  He was well-loved by the school staff, the kids, and the parents.  Last year, he was the reader of Frosty The Snowman at the annual winter performance at school.

Today, write a little Flashy Fiction about your hero or about what makes someone a hero to your protagonist...or maybe about the burden of being a hero.

Friday, May 3, 2013

Go Fly a Kite!!

Ahem...I've always wanted to say that to someone...haha!!

(Via Photobucket: loveej)

(Via Photobucket: crysta1994)

Where's she going?

She looks as if she's in a trance...

What or who is drawing her?

Or wherever your muse takes flight to!

Happy writing Friday Flashy Fiction writers! 

Thursday, May 2, 2013


Today your prompt comes in the form of the title of your work of fiction. Below, you are provided with SIX titles. Choose one of them and write that story. Let your muse loose and see where she leads you.