More Changes!

Hey all!

July has come and gone. Half the summer has passed by in the blink of an eye, but hey life is like that  sometimes. For the past several months I’ve posted photo prompts for a flash fiction challenge. I can’t tell you how much I’ve enjoyed the stories that have been crafted from those pictures.

But my little challenges are just one small part of the wordsmiths that I call my writing friends creative output, and while I look forward to next tale they will share at the campfire, I worry that I’m cutting into their already limited writing time. Therefore, goodbye “Snap” challenges and hello “Picture This”.

Each week I’ll post a single photo for inspiration. My goal is to write a story to match it (I realized I haven’t actually written a Snap challenge!). Should anyone find a story lurking inside its four walls, they are welcome to join in too!

But first I have to finish up the book-keeping so to speak. Last month the incredible writing machine (and blogging buddy) Ozlem Yikici offered this response to my challenge. She even managed to use ALL 4 photos! You are a true inspiration Oz. Check out her story;

Ferocious Fireworks by Ozlem Yikici

So I offer many thanks to all my friends that have contributed stories to this challenge. Now on to the new month and a new challenge too! Stay tuned.

July Super Snap

Hello all,

When I stepped back from writing for a while, I never imagined that it would this long. The good news is that I’m almost finished with my “other” commitments and hopefully will be tending fire again shortly. Here is something to keep you occupied in the mean time.

A few weeks back I posted 3 different photos for inspiration. Several brave souls stepped up to the challenge. Here are their wonderful stories.

“Magic Bubble” by Knot2share (K2S) of A space to be Me

“Draggin’ Dragon” by Sandra Bell Kirchman of Fantasyfic

“The Dragon Moon” by Billie Jo Woods of Out of the Woods

“Moon of Change” by Ozlem of yikici

I want to thank you guys for joining and sharing. I loved each of these stories, and all were so different! Bravo!

With all the great challenges out there (and so little time!), I think that I’m going to continue running Super Snap as a monthly feature, to give people (myself included) more time to work on a submission. As an added bonus I’m starting this one a bit early. Start now and take advantage of 6 free days of writing time at no extra charge!  So…

They say that a picture is worth a thousand words. How about 500 words instead? Each month I will find 4 photos to post. Your job (should you dare) is to write a story of no more than 500 words in any genre that might be inspired by one of the pictures. Make sure that when you post it to your blog, you add a link back to this post. The following month I’ll list all the stories submitted for the previous challenge and add new photos to inspire you.

So have fun and good writing!

But wait! What’s that you say? Sometimes the story just can’t tell itself in just 500 words! Very true. So how about this, if the story needs more words, so be it. This is about having fun writing, reading other authors’ stories, and finding inspiration. Every once in a while we all need to colour outside the lines. Perhaps I need to amend the rules a bit!

  1. Have Fun
  2. Each month I will find 4 photos to post. Your job (should you dare) to write a story of no more than 500 words in any genre that might be inspired by one of the pictures.
  3. If rule 2 isn’t working for you, please refer to rule 1.
  4. New extra rule, use one or all (or somewhere in-between) of the photos. If in doubt on how to proceed, please refer to rule 1 as well.

Remember to link back to this post, and add the link to your story in the comments area here.

This months photos for you to ponder!

"There it is, plane to see" by Matthew Steward (Flickr)

"An Electric Night in Times Square" by Trey Ratcliff (Flickr)

"Desert Song" by Meena Kadri (Flickr)

"Let There Be Hope" by Diego da Silva (Flickr)