The flash fiction game

Everyone experiences the occasional morning where it’s less than effortless to start working, so I thought I’d share a fun little exercise I sometimes try when I’m finding it difficult to get the creative juices flowing.

I call it the flash fiction game and the rules are simple: write a story in ten words or less, in ten minutes or less. Here’s my attempt from this morning …


‘Daddy, Nemo’s changed colour again!’


I think the best flash stories are ones that once read, take a moment to reveal their meaning prompting an ‘oh …’ type reaction from the reader when they (hopefully) get it.

Whilst I’m sure I’m not the first person to come up with such an activity, I have personally found the game to be a great way of jump-starting my brain into writing gear on days when I’m a bit slow off the mark.

If you fancy giving it a go please let me know what you come up with!

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3 responses to The flash fiction game

  1. charles said:

    My favourite one, which is (possibly) written by Ernest Hemingway is “For Sale, Baby Shoes, Never Worn”. Haunting stuff.

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