#LastLineFirst – A #FlashFiction Challenge: Hiatus

last line first 300Once again, I must apologise for being a tardy host! I was supposed to post this on Monday, but life got in the way. Speaking of life getting in the way, I’ve decided to take a break from running Last Line First, so this will be the last post for a while. Thank you to everyone who has taken part. It’s been a delight to read your stories and wonderful to see what you’ve done with each new first line.

We started, back in January, with “He was soon borne away by the waves and lost in darkness and distance.” from Frankenstein; or, the modern Prometheus by Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley, and we go into our break with not one but two great last lines:

  • I just hope I am making a big difference to these people’s lives. From Listen and Learn by Paul, and …
  • She would wait for this man, who she loved more than life itself, to wake and then she would break his heart and hers. From Heartbreak by Denise.

Thanks for playing, and keep flashing!

#LastLineFirst – A #FlashFiction Challenge: Week 16

last line firstGreetings on this Bank Holiday Monday! I hope you’ve had/are having a lovely day – wherever you are. I’ve got five minutes before I have to put the kids to bed so I’ll keep this brief … This is flash-fiction we’re talking about after all!

Your last line prompt this week comes from Stillness by Denise. I picked it because it grabbed me with its urgency.

Remember, you have until midnight (BST) on Sunday 3 May to comment on this post with your ≤200 word flash-fictions, and you can change 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:

Today the still small voice must be heard.

Happy flashing!

#LastLineFirst – A #FlashFiction Challenge: Week 15

last line firstWell, aren’t you a cheery bunch! Last week’s screams inspired ailing grandparents, demons, monsters and serial killers. Death stalked the stories, giving my goosebumps goosebumps and even bringing a tear to my eye. Great job!

Your last line prompt this week comes from To Rest by Jacki Donnellan. I picked it because it immediately brought an image to my mind. I hope it inspires you as quickly too!

Remember, you have until midnight (BST) on Sunday 3 May to comment on this post with your ≤200 word flash-fictions, and you can change 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:

Time to turn up the volume.

Happy flashing!

#LastLineFirst – A #FlashFiction Challenge: Week 14

last line firstAnd so, another Monday rolls around, bringing us to the start of another week of Last Line First. I hope you all had a chance to read through last week’s stories. Maybe you’ve already been playing with some of the submitted last lines?

Your last line prompt this week comes from Charlotte‘s story. I picked it because it because it’s another one of those lines that can be interpreted in many ways … we scream for all sorts of reasons, don’t we?

Remember, you have until midnight (BST) on Sunday 26 April to comment on this post with your ≤200 word flash-fictions, and you can change 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:

Their screams are music to my ears.

Happy flashing!

#LastLineFirst – A #FlashFiction Challenge: Week 13

last line firstOops! Nearly forgot to launch this week’s Last Line First! My excuse is that it’s the school holidays and, as usual, I’ve lost track of the days. Bad host. Bad, bad host! Sorry. Anyhoo …

Your last line prompt this week is from The Indescribable Girl by Voima Oy. I picked it because it has the potential to lead into both a cheery story and a not-so cheery story. What kind of day has your protagonist had that could make them start their tale with such a statement? Will the next word be ‘but’ or ‘because’ or something else entirely?

Remember, you have until midnight on Sunday 19th 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:

Some days I love this job.

Happy Flashing!

#LastLineFirst – A #FlashFiction Challenge: Week 12

last line firstHello and welcome to Week 2 of Last Line First! We’re starting a little later than usual, but all good things come to those who wait …

Your last line prompt this week is from No Words by Paul Kohn. I picked it because opening a story with the idea that some things are ‘just indescribable’ is a bit of a challenge isn’t it?

Remember, you have until midnight on Sunday 12th 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:

Some things are so special that they are just indescribable.

Happy Flashing!

#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!