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Short Fiction Prompts and Weekly Challenges

Time. Every second of every hour’s minute, someone, somewhere around the world is doing something. I have an idea to bring together our different views of what that someone, somewhere and something could be.

Dawn To Twilight & Dusk Till Dawn Challenges

Tell a story about a character living through a day’s 24 hours. You have 8 prompted weeks to do it.

Every week for the next 8, will feature the following three related sections:

  • Nanofiction (6-50 words)
  • Micro fiction (100-250 words)
  • Flash-fiction (300-500 words)

Since these are prompts on time, every week will feature 3 hours of your character’s life. For instance, if this week we will be featuring 6 am, 7 am and 8 am; then for each hour, you will tell a story.

By the end of 24 hours (the 8 weeks), you should have your character’s complete day (6 am to the next day’s 5am).

Break-down

In 6-50 words, take us through your character’s first hour of a week’s challenge. In 100-250 words, build on the story, telling us what happens in your character’s second hour. In 300-500 words, dig into the third hour.

For a week, these are the three parts to prepare. You can do them all in one day, or in different days, depending on your speed.

The following week, we will pick up from the hour we left off. If the previous week featured 6-8 am, then the next week will look into 9 am, 10 am, and 11 am.

Like in the first case, share with us your character’s activities. In 6-50 words, proceed with your character’s story, taking us through the first hour of that week’s challenge (say 9 am). Proceed to the next hour in 100-250 words, and the third hour in 300-500 words. That week’s challenge ends.

Trio thing

What is your chatacter doing at 8? At 9? At 10? Can you tell it in 50 words, then 100, and 300 respectively?


You can share these bits in a single post, anytime of the week, or in 3 related and progressive posts.

Since a week will cover 3 hours, in one month, we will have completed a 12-hours’ cycle.

For the Dawn To Twilight Trio Challenge, we will begin from 6 am. Here is how the first round’s schedule will be:

  • Week 1: 6 am, 7 am, 8 am
  • Week 2: 9 am, 10 am, 11 am
  • Week 3: 12 noon, 1 pm, 2 pm
  • Week 4: 3 pm, 4 pm, 5 pm

Remember, every first hour (6 am, 9 am, 12 noon and 3 pm) begins with 6-50 words. Every second hour (7 am, 10 am, 1 pm, and 4 pm) progresses in 100-250 words. Every third hour (8 am, 11 am, 2 pm, and 5 pm) goes with 300-500 words.

For the Dusk Till Dawn Trio Challenge, we will begin from 6 pm. Here is how the second round’s schedule should be:

  • Week 1: 6 pm, 7 pm, 8 pm
  • Week 2: 9 pm, 10 pm, 11 pm
  • Week 3: 12 midnight, 1 am, 2 am
  • Week 4: 3 am, 4 am, 5 am

My hope is that everyone finds it easy to tell a story. By the end of every month (should you participate), you will have scribbled between 1,600 and 3,200 words. It is very little for an aspiring writer but good exercise for anyone looking to revive writing in them, refresh their minds in a few simple strokes, or interract with new styles and varied ideas.

Upon completing a day’s 24 hours in our two months, I will prepare a collection of all shared stories (with your blessings) and make it available for all. We will then start another cycle with a different character and story.

Concerns

Q: What if I join late, or do not manage to write at times?

  • This exercise is about not only learning from each other but also having fun. Join whenever you can! I will always be happy to have you with me. There is a “but…”
    • Since we are telling characters’ stories, having a break in their cycle may affect consistency. If you join or run late but manage to share all the 12 parts before we end the first cycle, then it’ll also be great.
    • You can opt for or out of the collection. If you would like to just have fun, then no pressure! The challenge is open for all. But stick with me for the rules…

Q: Do I have to post my participation (on my blog)?

  • You do not. If you would like to participate but do not want to post it or are not able to, then you can always send it to my email, davinci.monalissa@gmail.com.
    • Briefly, let me know what the email is about (the subject: Writing prompt submission” will do)

Q: How will the collection look like?

  • We’ll see. The idea is to group all stories according to time, so that it is not one individual all through.
    • The order I receive your participations will also affect their grouping. Not to worry, however! Every story will have a place, so work with your pace.

Q: What if I do not complete my story by the end of a cycle?

  • We will have a category for stories that did not make it to the end; with your blessings, we could add yours among them.

Q: Are the word counts strict?

  • It can be hard to get that exact word count, so let us make these allowances:
    • 6-50 (+10 or -4) words
    • 100-250 (+/- 20) words
    • 300-500 (+/- 30) words
    • Anything below or above these recommendations may affect the structure but we are here to learn, interact and have fun, so don’t be too hard on yourself.

Do you have a question, comment or concern? Let me know!


That is all for now. I will pin this and the next post to the top of my blog. Whenever you will need to refer, just check here.

I will also update this post regularly, should need be and since I make posts every day, I will be sure to notify you of significant changes.


I was to make one more post, detailing our first prompt that goes live tomorrow: Dawn To Twilight Trio Challenge. Unfortunately, I will have to share the details tomorrow instead. On the plus side, the challenge runs till Sunday, before we move to the next three hours.

See you!


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Benie Langat

Benson Langat is a poet, fiction writer, and freelancer. A dreamer, he realizes a world of possibilities through stories and explores life in poetry. Benie is a dad and lives in Nairobi, Kenya.

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