Flash Fiction: Day Four

Daily Prompt #16: Inspired by an Image

Photo courtesy of Pixabay

Write for ten minutes on what the story is behind this picture.

Today is our last day working directly with flash fiction. We’re going to consolidate these strategies and use each other’s writing for inspiration.

Step One: write a six-word story OR two-sentence story (your choice) on an index card. Include your name. Include your name.

Step Two: turn your index card in to me.


Step Three: I will redistribute the cards so everyone gets a new one. Read it, then write a 50-word story inspired by it in your notebook first.

Step Four: once you are happy with the draft in your notebook, transfer it to the back of the index card. Include your name.

Step Five: turn in the index card so you can return it .


Step Six: Now let’s pass them around the room and silently read them. If you come across one you really like, feel free to take a picture of it or write it down. Don’t forget to write down the name of the person who wrote it!


Flash Fiction: Day Three

Daily Prompt #19: A Given Scenario

Let’s use this plot generator to give us a scenario to write about. This is a great site when you’re struggling for ideas, but feel the need to write!

For ten minutes, start writing a short story using this scenario.

Before we move on, let’s share some of our writing inspired by yesterday’s two-sentence stories.

Today, we’re going to try our hand at 50-word stories. Let’s look at some samples to get a sense of how long that really is.

The key to writing a 50-word story is this: write about a brief moment in time, and don’t worry about the word count. Once you’re done, go back and edit until you get to 50-words. This activity teaches you to discipline yourself as a writer, including only the words which matter most.

Find a partner and write a 50-word story together. We’ll be sharing a few with the class. 

Need help with an idea? Use the plot generator, or any of your flash fiction from this week!




Flash Fiction: Day Two

Daily Prompt #14:

I write because I can’t sleep.   ~ Ben Mezrich

Write for seven minutes on this six-word story. See where it takes you.

Today, we’re going to study and write two-sentence stories.   Similar to six-word stories, the focus is on brevity and diction, but you have a little more leeway.

Here’s a couple of spooky samples taken from a website:

I woke up to hear knocking on glass. At first, I thought it was the window until I heard it come from the mirror again.

She asked why I was breathing so heavily.  I wasn’t.


Okay, try making your own two-sentence stories now.  It doesn’t have to be scary.


From the ones you wrote, pick your favorite two-sentence story and write in on a post-it note. Post it on our board. Include your name on it too (if someone decides to use your words as inspiration, you want to be sure they know who to give the credit to!)


Now, grab a post-it and stick it in your notebook. Underneath, write a short story inspired by it!





Flash Fiction: Day One

Daily Prompt #13: Inspired by Images

Photo courtesy of Pixabay


For the next three weeks, our focus will be on writing fiction.

This week, we will be focusing specifically on flash fiction as a brainstorming tool.

Next week, we’ll use mini lessons to write a rough draft.

The following week, we’ll revise, edit, and post.

Then, it’s time for spring break!


Because of its brevity, flash fiction requires you to write perfectly and precisely.  It’s a great way to fine tune your skills!

Today, we’ll look at six-word stories.   Here’s a classic example by Ernest Hemingway:

For sale: baby shoes, never worn.

In your notebooks, write down the “story” hidden inside this piece of flash fiction.

Let’s discuss.

Let’s look at a few more examples.

Now, write your own!


Trade notebooks.  Write your reactions to another person’s six-word story in his/her notebook.  What is the hidden story you see?


Take your favorite six-word story and consider how you could develop it into a longer piece. How could you expand on the plot and develop the characters?


This Friday, you will have to make a decision. What piece of flash fiction will be the inspiration behind a short story or novel that write an excerpt for? You will spend all week creating flash fiction, but Friday will be the day you share your inspiration (one piece of flash fiction) on your blog for your readers. Brainstorm thoughtfully this week!




NaNoWriMo: Which genre will you choose?

DP #27:  Considering Genres

Hopefully, you have all selected an idea for a novel that you want to work with. The next step to help you solidify your idea is to consider which genre (or blend of genre) you’ll be writing in.

In the context of writing, the word genre is a reference to a type of writing which has unique characteristics in regards to narrative elements such as setting, plot, character, and theme (just to name a few).

Brainstorm as many genres as you can think of and write them in your notebooks. Then, identify the following on your list:

* your favorite genre to READ

* your favorite genre to WRITE

* genres you’ve never read or written

Be prepared to discuss.


Here is an additional list of genres: 35 Genres


Let’s play around with genre for a bit. Write down the following sentence:

A man walked down the street.


Rewrite this sentence as the first line of a mystery.

Rewrite this sentence as the first line of a sci fi. 

Rewrite this sentence as the first line of a romance.

Rewrite this sentence as the first line of a comedy.

Rewrite this sentence as the first line of a historical fiction.

Rewrite this sentence as the first line of a fantasy.

Rewrite this sentence as the first line of a realistic fiction.


In preparation for NaNoWriMo (you’re signing up officially in the lab tomorrow!), let’s look at pages 43-45 in your workbooks. There, you will find survival tips, a contract, and a calendar.

To help you figure out what your word count should be, use this helpful guide. For this class, you are required to have a minimum of 5,000 words.

NaNoWriMo: What am I going to write about?!?!?

DP #26: 50-word stories

Select a highlighted line from your daily prompt (or any random line of interest).

Develop a mini story for it that is exactly 50 words. This is a fun challenge. Embrace it and be prepared to share!

Take ten minutes.


Let’s help each other brainstorm ideas today with a handy dandy brainstorming sheet!

Still struggling with what to write your novel about? Get ideas for your novel here! This is an awesome site that automatically generates ideas for you, ranging from title to plots to dialogue. I highly recommend it if you’re ever stuck. Let’s play around with it a little now.

Let’s share our brainstorming ideas.  Here is the padlet you created last week for flash fiction. It could provide some inspiration and can continue to be added to.

Let’s start another padlet with novel ideas. Take a moment now on your phones and share a novel idea (or two) on the padlet. It’s okay if two students use the same idea for a novel. There is no way they will be exactly the same!

Blog Post #6 Due: Flash Fiction

Hi folks!

Here is your to-do list for today:

  1. Post some flash fiction on your blog.
  2. Read your peers’ blogs and post comments. You should read at least five other peers’ blogs.
  3. Post your flash fiction on our Creative Writing Padlet! This will serve as a brainstorming space for all students in our creative writing classes. Check it out as you think of your ideas for your novels!

Happy reading and writing!