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10-13-2011, 12:43 AM
Welcome to the October Flash Fortnight!

The October Flash Fortnight (http://www.absolutewrite.com/forums/showthread.php?t=213125) will run from Saturday 15th October (Day 1) to Friday 28th October (Day 14). Each morning during the challenge, I'll update this post with a new prompt for the day, so please check back if you find them useful! All of the challenge prompts will remain permanently available to you, so if you'd like to use any of them outside of the Fortnight, please feel free to do so.



Day 14 : Returning to retrieve something from a childhood haunt.
Day 13 : The elephant in the room.
Day 12 : A modern day curse.
Day 11 : A new soldier in the unit.
Day 10 : Selling lemonade.
Day 9 : Icicles.
Day 8 : Cowboys on Mars.
Day 7 : Communicating through a wall.
Day 6 : A blank space on a map.
Day 5 : Brief Encounter.
Day 4 : Obsolete.
Day 3 : The undying relative.
Day 2 : The doll that was different from the others.
Day 1 : Ghosts in the wire.


Tips on using the prompts

Think of the prompt as a starting point. When you look at it, certain words, phrases or ideas might immediately come to your mind. Try writing these down. For each of these things, consider what words, phrases or ideas that they, in turn, inspire.

Keep going in this way. You could free associate on the thoughts you're getting, or ask yourself questions on each thing: What is it about this that I'm drawn to? What would happen if I followed this train of thought to its logical conclusion?

Try not to censor yourself, or second-guess your imagination. In the end, the idea you end up with might be completely unrelated to the prompt - and that's completely fine!

Good luck!

10-18-2011, 02:08 AM
I'm late! Still, i have now subscribed, so there can be no excuses this month not to write at least one of the prompts. :)

10-18-2011, 07:21 PM
I seem to have a problem getting past Day7. So, let's see if I make it this month. Good prompts -thanks.

10-19-2011, 12:51 PM
Writing six stories during these challenges is a great achievement. You're doing fantastically well! Would you mind posting again after Day 7, to let us know how you did?

Best of luck, both of you!

10-19-2011, 02:45 PM
Ha! I wrote one. First complete thing i've written in quite some time. It's not very good, but it's a whole little story, and that counts for something! :)

10-20-2011, 01:29 AM
Izz, that's marvelous. :) Go, you!

10-20-2011, 05:46 PM
Lol. I'm not doing well this month.

I've just finished the first one :)