My #FlashFicHive Highlights – Week 2

THIS WEEK: Flash Fiction Inspired by GIFs

For week 2 of the #FlashFicHive writing challenge, I was successful in finding a couple of GIFs that would easily translate into an original flash fiction story. However, I was surprised by how much my my stories changed over the course of the week. I experimented with several proposed techniques in the challenge and ended up with three storylines instead of two.

Because I am quite comfortable writing flash fiction around 330 words, I’ve decided to try writing a story with half as many words (in preparation to submit to 101words.net later this month). It is definitely a lot harder to do than I had anticipated. But, I love a good challenge. Below are my responses/inspiration for this weeks prompts.

Follow the link to read this week’s flash fiction story #1, A King’s Final Decree.

 


 

Story Concept 1a: A King’s Final Decree

■ A king (or nobleman) mourns the loss of his beloved queen/concubine due to a moment of anger and orders his own execution to follow her into the afterlife.  (Adult, Historical/Romance)

BEST LINES inspired by GIF #1:

TWEETED: The rain felt like cold stinging needles on his skin, numbing him to what he’d done as it wash away the evidence. (Story 1a, King’s POV– edited out)

TWEETED: She wielded her sword with the artistry of a renaissance master, deftly painting her canvas with the reds of war & nightmares. (Story 1b, Queen’s story)

TWEETED: The clash of steel, cries of the fallen, and caw of carrion birds—war is a raucous symphony composed of grisly notes. (Story 1b, Queen’s story)

TWEETED:  “I am warrior-born & a leader of a quadrant of men. With all due respect, Highness, you’d have to kill me to stop me.” (Story 1b, Queen’s story)

TWEETED: He stared daggers at the amused woman. A concubine, she was inferior in birth & breeding, but not on the battle field. (Story 1b, Queen’s POV)

 

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Story Concept 2: (Untitled)

■ A human host, in love with the parasitic sentient being who shared her body, attempts to reunite with the alien being which results in unexpected consequences.  (Adult, SciFi)

via GIPHY

 

BEST LINES:

TWEETED: It’s simple biology—or reverse Stockholm syndrome—that a host would fall in love w/ its parasite. Once removed…it leaves a void.

TWEETED: Though the parasite had taken the best of everything she was, she’d become addicted to the way it made her feel…needed.

TWEETED: Perfectly matched, its strength compensated for her weaknesses while she kept them safe, hidden as it grew within.

 


Share Your Experience with Flash Fiction

I’d love to hear you experience with flash fiction. In the comments below, tell me:

  1. Have you ever been inspired by a GIF to write a story
  2. If you write flash regularly, how has it benefited your writing?
  3. Have you ever submitted your flash fiction for publication?

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