Flash Fiction: Day Two

Daily Prompt #18:

Won the World. Lost the Girl.

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.


 

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


 

 

 

 

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Flash Fiction: Day Two

Daily Prompt #29:

Won the World. Lost the Girl.

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 Smartboard.


 

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


 

All week, feel free to post any of your flash fiction on Twitter with the hashtag #keskesflashfiction.

 

 

Fiction and Point of View

Daily Prompt

WN #13: Rereading and Highlighting

You’ve written 12 entries in your notebook now.  It’s time to comb back through it.  Take a highlighter, pen, and/or pencil and begin rereading.  As you do, mark words, phrases, or ideas you had that you find interesting.  Feel free to write new thoughts and ideas in the margins.

For today’s entry, write a brief reflection on how you view your writing so far.  Are you noticing any patterns?  Can you identify your writer’s voice yet?  What do you see as your strengths?  Use these questions as spring boards for exploring your writing persona.

Take 15 minutes.

Now it’s time to start breaking down the elements of what makes fiction effective.  We’re going to play around today with a generic scenario, then write about it from different points of view to see how that changes the story.

Let’s brainstorm a few ideas for basic scenarios.  Then, we’ll branch out into different points of view to tell the story.

Be prepared to share your work.

Before you go, be aware of a contest Cromaine Library is hosting.  It’s a great chance to showcase your writing talent and maybe win some cash!

 

 

Flash Fiction: Day Two

Daily Prompt

WN 10: Two-sentence story.   Similar to six-word stories, the focus is on brevity and diction, but you have little more leeway with these.

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

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 story now.  It doesn’t have to be scary.

Consider sharing it in the comments to this post!

Okay folks, it’s our first workshop day.  I’m pumped!  While I am conferencing with students individually, these are your options:

* write a 25-WORD story

* write in your writer’s notebook about anything in any form

* work on a post for your blog

* read a great book

* help a fellow writer with his/her writing

In case of writer’s block, I’ve found a really cool plot generator that you can use to get a story going, using provided basic plot elements.  If you don’t have a phone, feel free to use the Smartboard to generate a plot for yourself.

Feel free to post any of your flash fiction today on Twitter with the hashtag #keskesflashfiction as well.

Okay, happy writing/reading!