Novella-in-Flash Writing Prompt #3

Have a read of this story, ‘Cimarron’, by Natalie Teal McAllister, published at the excellent online journal Pidgeonholes.

http://pidgeonholes.com/2021/10/cimarron/

Then write a story for your Novella-in-Flash in which:

  • a long-awaited change in the weather affects how characters behave, what they can do, or how they feel.

OR

  • there’s a contrast between one protagonist’s parent and another character’s parent (as here, between two different fathers) – they behave differently, have different values, or there’s some other kind of friction or tension between these two representations of parenthood, which is noticed by a protagonist or narrator.

OR

  • there’s an exploration of contrasting experience between genders (for example, as happens here, a female narrator observing a male character, or otherwise another gender contrast).

OR

  • a community of people (any kind of social group) is prompted, cajoled, inspired to act collectively in response to an event or a change

OR

  • a character is actively interacting with the landscape or physical environment (for example, as happens here, a character wading into a river, catching fish)

OR

  • identify some other ingredient or tactic in the story that you connect with or admire. Transplant it into the context of your own novella. Write a flash fiction using some twist or variation upon this particular element. Make it new.

http://pidgeonholes.com/2021/10/cimarron/

Novella-in-Flash Writing Prompt #2

Here’s a story by Juliana Lamy, published at Pidgeonholes magazine.

http://pidgeonholes.com/2021/01/sylpha/

Have a read, then…

  • Write a chapter about a character yearning passionately/desperately for something – some kind of yearning that’s a “big, wild thing”

OR

  • Write a chapter in which a narrative event is prefigured in a night-time dream

OR

  • In this story the main character Sylpha has a baby. Write a chapter in which a character makes something else/brings something else into the world, or wants to do so.

OR

  • This story refers to twins (three sets of twins in fact!) Write a chapter featuring two of something – a pairing, or a doubling, or a mirroring. Think beyond human twins – for example, consider objects, animals, features of the natural or human-made landscape, events/actions, etc

OR

  • Draw some other kind of inspiration from the example story and use this as a springboard for your own writing.

As always, with such prompts: “Make it new.” (Ezra Pound)

http://pidgeonholes.com/2021/01/sylpha/