#LastLineFirst – A #FlashFiction Challenge: Week 11

last line firstGood day, and welcome to another week of Last Line First. Due to a fortunate and entirely foreseeable series of circumstances that have everything whatsoever to do with me … you’ve got an extra day to write your entries this week. In other words (not borrowed and butchered from Captain Jack Sparrow), you can have until midnight on Monday!

Your last line prompt this week is from Void by Denise Sparrowhawk. I picked it because, as an opening line, it makes me want to know what’s in the book and why she’s clutching it to her breast and crying.

Remember, you have until midnight on Monday 6th April to comment on this post with your ≤200 word flash-fictions, and you can tweak the prompt however you see fit. For a full run-down of the rules and easy access to previous challenges and their stories please visit this page.

So, here’s your new first line:

She clutched the book to her breast and cried.

Happy Flashing!

#LastLineFirst – A #FlashFiction Challenge: Week 10

last line firstGreetings, fellow flash-fictioneers. Apologies for the delay in launching this week’s Last Line First. The lurgy has visited itself upon my house, and we’ve all been laid low. Probably just as well that Week 9 was a quiet week. Anyhoo … the show must go on!

Your last line prompt this week is from Nickname by Paul Kohn. I picked it because, as an opening line, it’s the kind of question that would make the reader want to keep reading.

As always, you have until midnight on Sunday to comment on this post with your ≤200 word flash-fictions. Remember: you can tweak the prompt however you see fit. For a full run-down of the rules and easy access to previous challenges and their stories visit this page.

So, here’s your new first line:

If I left tomorrow, would anyone even know?

Happy Flashing!

#LastLineFirst – A #FlashFiction Challenge: Week 9

last line firstIt’s Monday, which means it must be time for another round of Last Line First!

Thank you to everyone who participated last week. It’s been a delight to read your stories. Welcome to all the new folk who joined us too. I hope you’re enjoying the challenge and finding it helpful.

Your last line prompt this week is from Strength by Nick Black. I picked it because there’s no obvious setting, character, tense or point of view, so your possibilities are endless! You can take this in myriad different directions …

As always, you have until midnight on Sunday to comment on this post with your ≤200 word flash-fictions. Remember: you can tweak the prompt however you see fit. For a full run-down of the rules and easy access to previous challenges and their stories visit this page.

So, here’s your new first line:

Feather weight champion of the world.

Happy Flashing!

#LastLineFirst – A #FlashFiction Challenge: Week 8

last line firstHello, and welcome to Week 8 of Last Line First – the low-pressure, low-reward weekly and week-long flash-fiction challenge. We didn’t have many entries last week, but that matters not. As long as there are a few of you finding the challenge helpful, I’ll keep on running it!

Your last line prompt this week is from Shadows by Kirsty Lee. I picked it because a character’s weaknesses and regrets are great fuel for fiction.

As always, you have until midnight on Sunday to comment on this post with your ≤200 word flash-fictions. Remember: you can tweak the last line however you see fit. For a full run-down of the rules and easy access to previous challenges and their stories visit this page.

So, here’s your new first line:

My weakness is my biggest regret.

Have at it!

#AmWriting News: A New Story at Short Story Sunday

Screen Shot 2015-03-08 at 17.41.36I’m very happy to have had a story of mine published today on the wonderful Short Story Sunday website.

It’s called Will Tree Roots Damage My House? and begins like this:

As Daniel sits and opens his laptop, Ruth takes a sip from her well-earned glass of white and looks at the little oak tree that has planted itself in the flowerbed at the bottom of the garden. Against the darkening sky, its leaves look almost black. From where they’re seated on the patio, the swaying of its branches makes the stars behind them seem as if they’re really twinkling.

‘It says here that some species of oak tree can grow up to two-and-a-half feet in a year…’

To read the rest, visit Short Story Sunday

I hope you like it!

#LastLineFirst – A #FlashFiction Challenge: Week 7

last line firstGood morning from the chilly-but-sunny south of England! Welcome to Week 7 of Last Line First, a weekly and week-long, low-pressure flash-fiction challenge. Pour yourself the drink of your choice, pull up your favourite chair, have a read of last week’s stories and then have a go at writing one of your own. You don’t have to post it right away. You’ve got until midnight (GMT) on Sunday the 8th of March to enter, so you can write, rewrite and polish to your heart’s content!

Your last line prompt this week is from Why? by Paul. I picked it as my favourite because it’s one of those important questions that fiction writers strive to answer with their stories.

As always, you have until midnight on Sunday to comment on this post with your ≤200 word flash-fictions. Remember: you can tweak the last line however you see fit. For a full run-down of the rules and easy access to previous challenges and their stories visit this page.

So, here’s your new first line:

Why do people do what they do?

Have fun!