Well, I’ve gone and done it now: started work (at last) on my middle grade novel (yes, of course there are dragons! at least one that I know of, and you know what they say: for each dragon you can see, ten more circle above, helping plan the menu). There’s something particularly delicious, isn’t there, about kicking off a new project? There are no plot holes, no continuity problems, no superfluous characters, no writerly bad habits to drive your editor crazy. When settling into the first page of a new book — whether you’re writing or reading — there’s nothing but big dreams and glorious promise. (For now!)
Because THERE lies the realer reality of the writing process: dreams on this page, shadowed by the just-you-wait on the next. And guess what?? It’s that very tension between hope and fear that we’re exploring in today’s prompts; I can’t wait to follow where you lead.
JOIN ME IN THE GRAND FAREWELL for beloved Dragon Team Three: Captains Eric Martell & Carlos Orozco, who are judging for the last time today. Carlos, from the beginning, has begged us for unexpected plot twists and remarkable characters; Eric, for his part, strongly recommends you create captivating worlds and characters and then stay the course. I’m thinking they could have been talking about themselves: a couple of truly remarkable, memorable characters who have captivated an entire writing community. They’re clever, worthy judges and fierce #FlashDogs; lest you worry we won’t hear from them again, I’m delighted to report BOTH captains have stories appearing in BOTH volumes of the soon-to-be-released (June 21! and you will most certainly be hearing more about that in the days ahead) Flash Dogs anthology Solstice: Light and Solstice: Dark. Eric and Carlos: I am proud to know you both, and on behalf of Flash! Friday, please accept my heartfelt thanks for your passion, dedication, and above all, a job truly well done.
Awards Ceremony: Results will post Monday. Noteworthy #SixtySeconds interviews with the previous week’s winner post Thursdays. Now let’s write!
* Word count: Write a 200-word story (10-word leeway on either side) based on the photo prompt.
* How: Post your story here in the comments. Include your word count (min 190 – max 210 words, excluding title/byline) and Twitter handle if you’ve got one. If you’re new, don’t forget to check the contest guidelines.
* Deadline: 11:59pm ET tonight (check the world clock if you need to; Flash! Friday is on Washington, DC time)
* Winners: will post Monday.
* Prize: The Flash! Friday e-dragon e-badge for your blog/wall, your own winner’s page here at FF, a 60-second interview next Thursday, and your name flame-written on the Dragon Wall of Fame for posterity.
AND HERE IS YOUR TWO-PART PROMPT:
(1) Required story element (this week: setting. If you want your story to be eligible for an award, your story must take place IN this setting, as defined by you):
(2) Photo prompt to incorporate: