I'm super excited to introduce another of SBI's reoccuring features: FRIDAY NIGHT WRITE.
One of the great things about being part of a creative community is that you get a sense that maybe you really aren't as weird as your less-creative or non-creative friends and family think you are.
That feeling is false, of course, because being weird or different or unusual is part of the creative person's job description!
But before I digress any further, let me get to the point. This year, I've really been enjoying the various flash fiction challenges the writing community offers.
- Menage Monday
- Motivation Monday
- Tuesday Tales
- Thursday Threads
- Friday Picture Show
- Five Sentence Fiction
- Visual Dare
- 55 word Challenge
- Write For Ten
Feel free to mention your favorite flash challenge (or one I overlooked) in comments below.
Each one has it's own twist: a strict word count, a word prompt, a photo prompt and every combination imaginable … except for one thing.
Not one of them offers MUSIC as a prompt.
So going full circle and bringing it back around to the "maybe you really aren't as weird as you look/seem/act/behave' idea, I got all amped up thinking that perhaps I was every bit as odd as I feared – and all because nobody else was singing the blues with me – or gospel or southern rock, for that matter.
Thing is, I get LOTS of story ideas from music prompts. Classical, country or contemporary, it has all inspired me.
So, today, I’d like to invite you to join me for a new kind of flash fiction challenge.
FRIDAY NIGHT WRITE
Here’s how it will work.
I’ll post a music prompt at 5pm pacific on Friday
Listen to the music
Let it stir up a story
Post the story in the comment box
Comments will close at 5 pm pacific on Sunday
- The music is merely a prompt.
- The story need not contain any reference to band or lyrics.
- If FNW finds an audience, we’ll talk about judges, winners and prizes but for now, we’ll keep it simple.
Okay then, now that you're convinced I'm odder than a barrel full of lilly-livered cactus, I'm gonna wrap this up by saying that FRIDAY NIGHT WRITE goes live tonight at 5 pm pacific. I sure hope you'll join us!