July 2012 Flash Fiction Challenge!

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Welcome to the July Flash Fortnight!

The July Flash Fortnight will run from Saturday 14th July(Day 1) to Friday 27th July (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 : Hiding place.
Day 13 : Heritage.
Day 12 : Hostess.
Day 11 : The recruiter.
Day 10 : Bloodstains on work clothes.
Day 9 : Satellite colonies.
Day 8 : A new bird in the garden.
Day 7 : Summer fire.
Day 6 : Spin.
Day 5 : Fallen statue.
Day 4 : Last chance to turn around.
Day 3 : The chief's successor.
Day 2 : Horsing around.
Day 1 : Rainbow.


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!
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