HOWDY, FOLKS! Thank you so very much for stopping by despite the August doldrums; no doubt many of you are scrawling today’s magnificent stories poolside, or beachside, or mountainside, as minions shade you and fetch you nachos with double jalapeños (though not at the same time, I’m thinking).
(Be a dear and hand me that cup of lemon and cardamom gelato, won’t you please?)
August can also be a discouraging time for writers; the year’s more than half over, and it’s so easy to feel like a failure for not having finished drafting The World’s Greatest Novel yet. Do not be discouraged! There’s still plenty of time left in the year. Craft new goals, perhaps, for the near future: ones that are warm and snuggly and growling only slightly. Ask someone to keep you accountable. Stick cheery hearts on your calendar for each day you write, and party when you see those bright faces grinning back at you. Just keep moving forward, one step, another step, another step. After all, even the most prolific of writers builds stories just like we do: one word at a time. ♥
A big ol’ howdy and welcome back to Dragon Team Seven, which consists of the freshly crowned Nancy Chenier (who nabbed her fourth FF win last week!) & her equally talented, if mischievous, cohort IfeOluwa Nihinlola. Today’s theme of obsession couldn’t be more perfectly matched, as IfeOluwa is head-over-heels in love with details in stories, and Nancy has been caught at least twice writing little love poems to sentences that pull off more than one job in a story. Read more about them at their judge pages, linked above.
Awards Ceremony: Results will post Monday. Noteworthy #SixtySeconds interviews with the previous week’s winner post Thursdays.
* Today’s required word count: 100-150 words (100 min – 150 max words, not counting title/byline).
* How to enter: Post your story here in the comments. Be sure to include your word count (this week 100 – 150 words, excluding title/byline), the two story elements you based your story on, 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 NOVEL PROMPT:
This week’s novel inspiration: The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald’s tragic tale of excess and social upheaval in 1920s America as portrayed by the nouveau riche Jay Gatsby’s obsession with the married Daisy Buchanan.
Story elements (base your story on any TWO of these elements; be sure to tell us which two you chose. Reminder: please do not use copyrighted characters).
* Conflict (choose one): man vs man; man vs society
* Character (choose one): nouveau riche, jealous husband, shallow socialite
* Theme(s) (choose one): obsession, prohibition, the limitations of wealth
* Setting: 1920s New York
OPTIONAL PHOTO PROMPT (for inspiration only; it is NOT REQUIRED for your story):