Flash, a-ah, saviour of the universe
Flash, a-ah, you saved every one of us
Flash, a-ah, he’s a miracle
Flash, a-ah, king of the impossible
Who doesn’t love Flash? Saving women, children and small dogs everywhere. And writers, of course, with his inspirational mini-blips that can help de-rut a rutted writer…
What’s that you say? Wrong flash? Well, the idea still stands: Flash writing is like feeding your depleted muse a power bar. The gist of this type of writing is to hand your mind a simple idea and then let it create an almost instant story based on that idea–without interruption, without editing. It’s a great exercise in unboxed thinking, a balm for a writer’s ego, and it doesn’t take much time at all. Bonus: you may land on a concept or find a character you just can’t resist growing into something bigger and better. I know some of my favorite short stories were born from flash writing. So, want to try a few? Pick one or two of mine, then let your muse take you wherever she wants for a few paragraphs or a few pages. She’ll revive, and you’ll agree: Flash is a miracle!
Ready to flash? Here’s how it works. Read through the list. Does your mind start crafting wild ideas for one prompt in particular? Choose it, and write…now! Flashing means doing it quick, and not giving yourself time to analyze. Just follow the muse.
Flash Prompts for WU:
THE CAT NEXT DOOR
IT ALL BEGAN WITH A PINCH
MUFFINS FOR DINNER
BELOW THE BASEMENT
WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE: CONTENT PROVIDER
HOLDING BACK THE SECOND HAND
THE KING’S DRUID
THE VOO DOO KIT
IT LANDED IN MY BACKYARD
Write on, all!