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friday-fiction:

Today is #FridayFiction!

#FridayFiction is a flash fiction workshop that runs every week on Twitter from 3 - 6 p.m. PST, facilitated by Richard Hugo House. Each week, we pick a theme and create a story based off of that theme. We share it with the community of #fridayfiction writers by using the tag in our tweets. You can contribute more than one story. You can use the same character in every story, or multiple characters. The important thing is that your story, with the tag #FridayFiction, not exceed the 140 character limit that Twitter sets.

Why do we do this?

Flash fiction gives us a chance to re-examine our language in a way that we normally wouldn’t be able to do. The confines of the tweet force us to think of different ways of saying something, finding the word that communicates the biggest idea in the shortest way, and using Twitter allows us to find other writers on social media.

For more on why we write flash fiction and use Twitter to do it, read “Exercises in Brevity” on our website.

Last week’s #FridayFiction prompt was “The End.” Click on the photos above to read the stories.

This week’s prompt is “Growth. How do characters change and progress in who they are? What challenges, external or internal do they have to overcome in order to grow?

Write a story about growth, or the lack thereof. Why does your character need to grow? What happens if your character doesn’t grow?

As you write, try and experiment with POV, different characters, and feel free to write more than one story! Writing within the confines of a tweet is difficult, but it gets you into an incredible mindset. Find the right words to create the mood, the plot and convey character in the tiny space that you have.

Also, interact with the community! Every week, a lot of amazing writers gather together and share their stories. These people don’t just offer up great stories, they are great people to follow throughout the rest of the week as well. Being on Twitter is all about curating the conversation you want to be apart of and this is a great way to meet people who love being creative.

If you’ve been reading for a long time, please continue to enjoy our great stories, but also, feel free to offer up your own! You wouldn’t think, as vast a social network as Twitter is, that it’d be a safe space to offer up your fiction, but it is, and it’s a wonderful way to network with other creatives online.

Announcement: Twitter has announced a #TwitterFiction Festival. Browse through the posts here on this blog and find the stories you’ve submitted! Submissions are now open and if you feel particularly inspired by the #FridayFiction you’ve posted over the last year, you can submit it to their blog. 

Hope to see you and your flash fiction this afternoon!

friday-fiction:

Today is #FridayFiction!

#FridayFiction is a flash fiction workshop that runs every week on Twitter from 3 - 6 p.m. PST, facilitated by Richard Hugo House. Each week, we pick a theme and create a story based off of that theme. We share it with the community of #fridayfiction writers by using the tag in our tweets. You can contribute more than one story. You can use the same character in every story, or multiple characters. The important thing is that your story, with the tag #FridayFiction, not exceed the 140 character limit that Twitter sets.

Why do we do this?

Flash fiction gives us a chance to re-examine our language in a way that we normally wouldn’t be able to do. The confines of the tweet force us to think of different ways of saying something, finding the word that communicates the biggest idea in the shortest way, and using Twitter allows us to find other writers on social media.

For more on why we write flash fiction and use Twitter to do it, read “Exercises in Brevity” on our website.

Last week’s #FridayFiction was “Forgive”. The stories we received were sweet and sad.  Click on the photos above to read each entry in full.

This week’s prompt is “Rebel”, in honor of the Fourth of July.

Write a story about rebellion. 

This can range from a teenager rebelling against a parent, to a woman in her fifties rebelling against what’s expected of her or an individual rebellion against a dystopian state.

As you write, try and experiment with POV, different characters, and feel free to write more than one story! Writing within the confines of a tweet is difficult, but it gets you into an incredible mindset. Find the right words to create the mood, the plot and convey character in the tiny space that you have.

Also, interact with the community! Every week, a lot of amazing writers gather together and share their stories. These people don’t just offer up great stories, they are great people to follow throughout the rest of the week as well. Being on Twitter is all about curating the conversation you want to be apart of and this is a great way to meet people who love being creative.

If you’ve been reading for a long time, please continue to enjoy our great stories, but also, feel free to offer up your own! You wouldn’t think, as vast a social network as Twitter is, that it’d be a safe space to offer up your fiction, but it is, and it’s a wonderful way to network with other creatives online.

Hope to see you and your flash fiction this afternoon!

(via clairesalcedo)

friday-fiction:

Today is #FridayFiction!

#FridayFiction is a flash fiction workshop that runs every week on Twitter from 3 - 6 p.m. PST, facilitated by Richard Hugo House. Each week, we pick a theme and create a story based off of that theme. We share it with the community of #fridayfiction writers by using the tag in our tweets. You can contribute more than one story. You can use the same character in every story, or multiple characters. The important thing is that your story, with the tag #FridayFiction, not exceed the 140 character limit that Twitter sets.

Why do we do this?

Flash fiction gives us a chance to re-examine our language in a way that we normally wouldn’t be able to do. The confines of the tweet force us to think of different ways of saying something, finding the word that communicates the biggest idea in the shortest way, and using Twitter allows us to find other writers on social media.

For more on why we write flash fiction and use Twitter to do it, read “Exercises in Brevity” on our website.

Last week’s #FridayFiction was “Pain”, a wonderfully deep theme for any writer to work with. We received some amazing submissions last week.Click on the stories above for an expanded view of each person’s stories. 

This week’s prompt is “Sacrifice”. What would be the biggest thing for your character to give up? Sacrificing is more than just giving something up, however. It’s giving something up for something else that’s more important.

Set up a story that involves sacrifice. Establish what’s at stake, what’s important to your character, what it costs emotionally and physically to sacrifice something.

This can be as deep as giving one’s life for another, or a hilarious situation where someone feels he/she is a martyr for letting someone else have the last piece of cake. 

As always it’s up to you. Just be creative and enjoy writing!


As you write, try and experiment with POV, different characters, and feel free to write more than one story! Writing within the confines of a tweet is difficult, but it gets you into an incredible mindset. Find the right words to create the mood, the plot and convey character in the tiny space that you have.

Also, interact with the community! Every week, a lot of amazing writers gather together and share their stories. These people don’t just offer up great stories, they are great people to follow throughout the rest of the week as well. Being on Twitter is all about curating the conversation you want to be apart of and this is a great way to meet people who love being creative.

If you’ve been reading for a long time, please continue to enjoy our great stories, but also, feel free to offer up your own! You wouldn’t think, as vast a social network as Twitter is, that it’d be a safe space to offer up your fiction, but it is, and it’s a wonderful way to network with other creatives online.

Hope to see you and your flash fiction this afternoon!

friday-fiction:

Today is #FridayFiction!

#FridayFiction is a flash fiction workshop that runs every week on Twitter from 3 - 6 p.m. PST, facilitated by Richard Hugo House. Each week, we pick a theme and create a story based off of that theme. We share it with the community of #fridayfiction writers by using the tag in our tweets. You can contribute more than one story. You can use the same character in every story, or multiple characters. The important thing is that your story, with the tag #FridayFiction, not exceed the 140 character limit that Twitter sets.

Why do we do this?

Flash fiction gives us a chance to re-examine our language in a way that we normally wouldn’t be able to do. The confines of the tweet force us to think of different ways of saying something, finding the word that communicates the biggest idea in the shortest way, and using Twitter allows us to find other writers on social media.

For more on why we write flash fiction and use Twitter to do it, read “Exercises in Brevity” on our website.

Last week’s #FridayFiction was “Paradise”, a wonderfully deep theme for any writer to work with. We received some amazing submissions last week.Click on the stories above for an expanded view of each person’s stories. 

This week’s prompt is “Pain”. Nothing prompts a plot or character development like pain:

Write a story that features some kind of pain. Is it physical? Emotional?

How does it drive your character and/or plot? Make sure it does. It’s one thing to write about pain for pain’s sake, but make it count. Write a story that uses pain for some end.


As you write, try and experiment with POV, different characters, and feel free to write more than one story! Writing within the confines of a tweet is difficult, but it gets you into an incredible mindset. Find the right words to create the mood, the plot and convey character in the tiny space that you have.

Also, interact with the community! Every week, a lot of amazing writers gather together and share their stories. These people don’t just offer up great stories, they are great people to follow throughout the rest of the week as well. Being on Twitter is all about curating the conversation you want to be apart of and this is a great way to meet people who love being creative.

If you’ve been reading for a long time, please continue to enjoy our great stories, but also, feel free to offer up your own! You wouldn’t think, as vast a social network as Twitter is, that it’d be a safe space to offer up your fiction, but it is, and it’s a wonderful way to network with other creatives online.

Hope to see you and your flash fiction this afternoon!

(via clairesalcedo)

friday-fiction:

Today is #FridayFiction!

#FridayFiction is a flash fiction workshop that runs every week on Twitter from 3 - 6 p.m. PST, facilitated by Richard Hugo House. Each week, we pick a theme and create a story based off of that theme. We share it with the community of #fridayfiction writers by using the tag in our tweets. You can contribute more than one story. You can use the same character in every story, or multiple characters. The important thing is that your story, with the tag #FridayFiction, not exceed the 140 character limit that Twitter sets.

Why do we do this?

Flash fiction gives us a chance to re-examine our language in a way that we normally wouldn’t be able to do. The confines of the tweet force us to think of different ways of saying something, finding the word that communicates the biggest idea in the shortest way, and using Twitter allows us to find other writers on social media.

For more on why we write flash fiction and use Twitter to do it, read “Exercises in Brevity” on our website.

Last week’s #FridayFiction was “Shame”, a wonderfully deep theme for any writer to work with. We received some amazing submissions last week.Click on the stories above for an expanded view of each person’s stories. 

This week’s prompt is “Isolation”. All writers, at one time or another have either retreated from others or been excluded by them. It’s something we seek out, to be on our own, and sometimes, it’s not something we choose. There can be both sadness and relief found in isolation. You’re either Thoreau in Walden or you’re Frankenstein, driven North to the ice flows.

Write a story that deals with isolation. Is your character the one isolated or is he or she the one banishing someone else?

Is isolation a relief in this case? A punishment? How does the positive/negative aspect of isolation reveal character?

As you write, try and experiment with POV, different characters, and feel free to write more than one story! Writing within the confines of a tweet is difficult, but it gets you into an incredible mindset. Find the right words to create the mood, the plot and convey character in the tiny space that you have.

Also, interact with the community! Every week, a lot of amazing writers gather together and share their stories. These people don’t just offer up great stories, they are great people to follow throughout the rest of the week as well. Being on Twitter is all about curating the conversation you want to be apart of and this is a great way to meet people who love being creative.

If you’ve been reading for a long time, please continue to enjoy our great stories, but also, feel free to offer up your own! You wouldn’t think, as vast a social network as Twitter is, that it’d be a safe space to offer up your fiction, but it is, and it’s a wonderful way to network with other creatives online.

Hope to see you and your flash fiction this afternoon!

nprfreshair:

Tanja Hollander decided to take portraits of all 626 of her Facebook friends.

friday-fiction:

Today is #FridayFiction!

#FridayFiction is a flash fiction workshop that runs every week on Twitter from 3 - 6 p.m. PST, facilitated by Richard Hugo House. Each week, we pick a theme and create a story based off of that theme. We share it with the community of #fridayfiction writers by using the tag in our tweets. You can contribute more than one story. You can use the same character in every story, or multiple characters. The important thing is that your story, with the tag #FridayFiction, not exceed the 140 character limit that Twitter sets.

Why do we do this?

Flash fiction gives us a chance to re-examine our language in a way that we normally wouldn’t be able to do. The confines of the tweet force us to think of different ways of saying something, finding the word that communicates the biggest idea in the shortest way, and using Twitter allows us to find other writers on social media.

For more on why we write flash fiction and use Twitter to do it, read “Exercises in Brevity” on our website.

Last week’s #FridayFiction was “Doom”. Click on the stories above for an expanded view of each person’s stories. Even though it was a holiday weekend, we still had plenty of excellent tales of facing inevitable destruction.

This week’s prompt is “Pride”:

How does pride work in favor of or against your character? Is your character brought down, like a Greek hero, by his or her own hubris? Or is he or she, like a Randian monster, propelled by pride to the heights of success and power?

As you write, try and experiment with POV, different characters, and feel free to write more than one story! Writing within the confines of a tweet is difficult, but it gets you into an incredible mindset. Find the right words to create the mood, the plot and convey character in the tiny space that you have.

Also, interact with the community! Every week, a lot of amazing writers gather together and share their stories. These people don’t just offer up great stories, they are great people to follow throughout the rest of the week as well. Being on Twitter is all about curating the conversation you want to be apart of and this is a great way to meet people who love being creative.

If you’ve been reading for a long time, please continue to enjoy our great stories, but also, feel free to offer up your own! You wouldn’t think, as vast a social network as Twitter is, that it’d be a safe space to offer up your fiction, but it is, and it’s a wonderful way to network with other creatives online.

Hope to see you and your flash fiction this afternoon!

friday-fiction:

Today is #FridayFiction!

#FridayFiction is a flash fiction workshop that runs every week on Twitter from 3 - 6 p.m. PST, facilitated by Richard Hugo House. Each week, we pick a theme and create a story based off of that theme. We share it with the community of #fridayfiction writers by using the tag in our tweets. You can contribute more than one story. You can use the same character in every story, or multiple characters. The important thing is that your story, with the tag #FridayFiction, not exceed the 140 character limit that Twitter sets.

Why do we do this?

Flash fiction gives us a chance to re-examine our language in a way that we normally wouldn’t be able to do. The confines of the tweet force us to think of different ways of saying something, finding the word that communicates the biggest idea in the shortest way, and using Twitter allows us to find other writers on social media.

For more on why we write flash fiction and use Twitter to do it, read “Exercises in Brevity” on our website.

Last week’s #FridayFiction was “Illusion”. People wrote wonderful tales of magic, misunderstanding and more last week. Click on the pictures above to see an expanded view of the great stories that people contributed.

This week’s prompt is “Lost”:

Who or what is lost? Is it your main character? Someone important to the main character? An object? An ideal?

What is at stake if a character remains lost? If the object that’s missing can’t be found?

What is at risk if the ideal that is lost can’t be recovered? Can it? How would that happen?

As you write, try and experiment with POV, different characters, and feel free to write more than one story! Writing within the confines of a tweet is difficult, but it gets you into an incredible mindset. Find the right words to create the mood, the plot and convey character in the tiny space that you have.

Also, interact with the community! Every week, a lot of amazing writers gather together and share their stories. These people don’t just offer up great stories, they are great people to follow throughout the rest of the week as well. Being on Twitter is all about curating the conversation you want to be apart of and this is a great way to meet people who love being creative.

If you’ve been reading for a long time, please continue to enjoy our great stories, but also, feel free to offer up your own! You wouldn’t think, as vast a social network as Twitter is, that it’d be a safe space to offer up your fiction, but it is, and it’s a wonderful way to network with other creatives online.

Hope to see you and your flash fiction this afternoon!

(via clairesalcedo)

friday-fiction:

Today is #FridayFiction!

#FridayFiction is a flash fiction workshop that runs every week on Twitter from 3 - 6 p.m. PST, facilitated by Richard Hugo House. Each week, we pick a theme and create a story based off of that theme. We share it with the community of #fridayfiction writers by using the tag in our tweets. You can contribute more than one story. You can use the same character in every story, or multiple characters. The important thing is that your story, with the tag #FridayFiction, not exceed the 140 character limit that Twitter sets.

Why do we do this?

Flash fiction gives us a chance to re-examine our language in a way that we normally wouldn’t be able to do. The confines of the tweet force us to think of different ways of saying something, finding the word that communicates the biggest idea in the shortest way, and using Twitter allows us to find other writers on social media.

For more on why we write flash fiction and use Twitter to do it, read “Exercises in Brevity” on our website.

Last week’s #FridayFiction was themed “Grief”.

Click on the pictures above to see an expanded view of the stories our amazing community of writers shared with us during our last #FridayFiction. Some of the stories brought tears to my eyes!

This week’s prompt is “Adventure”.

Write about a character embarking on or in the middle of a great adventure.

Is he or she in danger?

Is your character wide-eyed and optimistic about the prospect of the adventure or reluctant in a “I’m too old for this sh*t” vein?

Where’s the danger coming from? How quickly can you resolve it in the space of a single tweet?

Experiment with POV, different characters, and write more than one story! Writing within the confines of a tweet is difficult, but it gets you into an incredible mindset. Find the right words to create the mood, the plot and convey character in as short a way as you can.

Also, try and interact with the community! Every week, a lot of amazing writers gather together and share their stories. These people don’t just offer up great stories, they are great people to follow throughout the rest of the week as well. Being on Twitter is all about curating the conversation you want to be apart of and this is a great way to meet people who love being creative.

Hope to see you and your flash fiction on Friday afternoon!

(via clairesalcedo)

friday-fiction:

Richard Hugo House’s #FridayFiction flash fiction workshop runs every week on Twitter from 3 - 6 p.m. PST. Each week, we pick a theme and create one single story based off of that theme and we share it with the community of #fridayfiction writers by using the tag in our tweets. 
Flash fiction gives us a chance to re-examine our language in a way that we normally wouldn’t be able to do. The confines of the tweet force us to think of different ways of saying something, finding the word that communicates the biggest idea in the shortest way, and using Twitter allows us to find other writers on social media. 
For more on why we write flash fiction and use Twitter to do it, read “Exercises in Brevity” on our website.
Last week was a holiday weekend, so we took a break from our usual routine so we could get over our turkey/alcohol/family induced headaches at our leisure.
The week before, however, was inspired by the Occupy Wallstreet/Everywhere protests. The theme was “Freedom” and as you can see from the stories up above, people interpreted the prompt in a variety of ways. 
Today’s prompt is “Theft”.
The story can be about a literal theft of a material possession, or it can be about the theft of values, identity, belief… one’s own sense of innocence or security in this world. What is stolen? How is it stolen? Who is the thief and can we recover what is lost?
As always, I cannot wait to read the stories you come up with. It’s a joy and a honor to participate with all of you every week, to meet other writers online and create our small offerings to art in the space of a single tweet. Thank you for participating.
For those of you who just read the stories, thank you for reading! I know there are a lot of you who have let us at the Hugo House know how you appreciate the stories and we appreciate you! I hope you like today’s stories and who knows? Maybe one of these days we’ll get to enjoy one of yours.
See you all this afternoon! Think of new ways to express narrative through brevity! Play with POV! Push yourself into the gender of a character you don’t normally choose. Write more than one tale! And of course, have a lot of fun writing. This is what we love to do. It’s so great to be able to share this together.

friday-fiction:

Richard Hugo House’s #FridayFiction flash fiction workshop runs every week on Twitter from 3 - 6 p.m. PST. Each week, we pick a theme and create one single story based off of that theme and we share it with the community of #fridayfiction writers by using the tag in our tweets. 

Flash fiction gives us a chance to re-examine our language in a way that we normally wouldn’t be able to do. The confines of the tweet force us to think of different ways of saying something, finding the word that communicates the biggest idea in the shortest way, and using Twitter allows us to find other writers on social media. 

For more on why we write flash fiction and use Twitter to do it, read “Exercises in Brevity” on our website.

Last week was a holiday weekend, so we took a break from our usual routine so we could get over our turkey/alcohol/family induced headaches at our leisure.

The week before, however, was inspired by the Occupy Wallstreet/Everywhere protests. The theme was “Freedom” and as you can see from the stories up above, people interpreted the prompt in a variety of ways. 

Today’s prompt is “Theft”.

The story can be about a literal theft of a material possession, or it can be about the theft of values, identity, belief… one’s own sense of innocence or security in this world. What is stolen? How is it stolen? Who is the thief and can we recover what is lost?

As always, I cannot wait to read the stories you come up with. It’s a joy and a honor to participate with all of you every week, to meet other writers online and create our small offerings to art in the space of a single tweet. Thank you for participating.

For those of you who just read the stories, thank you for reading! I know there are a lot of you who have let us at the Hugo House know how you appreciate the stories and we appreciate you! I hope you like today’s stories and who knows? Maybe one of these days we’ll get to enjoy one of yours.

See you all this afternoon! Think of new ways to express narrative through brevity! Play with POV! Push yourself into the gender of a character you don’t normally choose. Write more than one tale! And of course, have a lot of fun writing. This is what we love to do. It’s so great to be able to share this together.

(via clairesalcedo)