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  • Annoying Traits

    Okay, this is a generally easy challenge, I figure. All you have to do is create two characters. One has to have an otherwise desireable trait(e.g. optimism) to the extent to where it is annoying. The other can either be very annoyed by it and complain often, or slighty annoyed by...

  • Its Point of View

    I've never wrote a challenge on ficlets... So I think I'll make one here. Write a ficlet that describes an action a person performs but from the objects point of view. Example: The balls point of view when playing catch, or maybe what your purse thinks as you rumage through its...

  • The "Oh Snap" Challenge

    The "Oh Snap" challenge is exactly what it sounds like. Write a story with an "Oh snap" moment. Points are awarded for originality, creativity, and delivery. The winner receives _kudos._ Which is nice.

  • If I ruled the world

    Simple create something that starts or ends with the line "If I ruled the world"

    • Author: ernmander
    • Posted about 10 years ago.
  • Just A Little Inspiration

    So I have had this short little sentence floating around in my head all day, and I cannot, for the life of me, fit it into a story. So I challenge all you amazing writers out there to do what I cannot =) The sentence you must incorperate is this: *and so the words just keep flowing...

  • Choose Your Own Ficly

    Have you ever read those books where you read a page, and then chose between page 33 and 90 to see what happens next? Well, the aim here is to make a story by making more than one sequel to the below stories. Make the title so it has to do with the choice, but not the outcome. This ...

  • Do more!

    Just do more of everything! eg. Go to more social events, go to more movies, read more, draw more, write more...

    • Author: Mishy
    • Posted about 10 years ago.
  • colours (or colors if you subscribe to the american spelling)

    I feel particularly challenging tonight so here is a new challenge for all you challenge freaks. Choose a base colour (red, green, blue, yellow, white or black - yes I know black technically isn't a colour) and write a ficlyt that contains just that one colour in different shades. ...

  • Taking out the trash

    So, I was dragging the trash cans to the curb last night, and I started thinking about "taking out the trash" as a euphemism in film noir detective stories and the like. It's kind of a cliché at this point. To satisfy this challenge, write a story that invents a new implied meanin...

  • You Made That Up!

    Write a Ficlet (or a series of Ficlets) in which your character(s) make up a word or a phrase. The definition(s) should be evident in context, but enter a Comment with the complete definition, just in case. *May I submit more than one?* Absatively. The judge will look positively u...

  • The New Hotness: The best start up in the universe

    ReadWriteWeb's online newsroom was eerily quiet and Richard poured silently over his computer looking for the latest tech launch scoop. He always got more done when the Americans were sleeping. He said aloud to himself, "Just once I'd like to receive a press release attached to a fine...

  • Twisted Love

    Write a love story, with a twist. Make it, short, sweet, and to the point; two fic-things tops. Is it twisted love? A twist at the end? Twisted altogether? You decide. Good luck! Read my post for an example.

  • The Second Date

    OrangeOreos inspired me to start this challenge. I've read stories about the first date and I've read stories about the last. I've also told stories about the first date and stories about the last. There are stories that say, "We were out to dinner one time," which means it's so fa...

    • Author: Nancy
    • Posted about 10 years ago.
  • It All Started When...

    Wow, my very first challenge on this new site. So very thrilling. Well, I'll make it short and sweet: Your challenge is to write the story of how your parents first met each other. Who cares if it's true or not? Make it crazy, make it coincidental, make it creative! Was it fate? Wa...

  • Numbers Game

    Your challenge is to write a fic about *numbers*. You can interpret that concept as loosely as you want, involving numbers in the plot directly, or just hinting at a broader numerical theme. Any kind of number is allowed! It doesn't have to be obvious, though whatever numbers you c...

  • Aliens Lacking Humanity

    Write about an alien being (or a group of alien beings) exactly like humans, except for one definable human quality (no sense of humor, lacking suspicion, always completely truthful) and how they interact with either other aliens or humans. The missing human quality should be evide...

  • Alliteration

    Write an entire story using alliteration. Alliteration is the practice where every word in a sentence begins with the same letter. The odd word that doesn't fit the alliteration is fine, but aim for as many as possible. You've got one month to come up with something brilliant!

  • A Touch of Madness

    I think it's safe to say that usually the creative and intelligent walk a fine line between genius and insanity, if not occasionally crossing that line. Sometimes I get the feeling that society doesn't like the peculiar nature of the creative and intelligent, that we need to be "dea...

  • Alphabet Soup

    You know those alphabet soup cans? Well, the aim of the challenge is to have a story that uses each of the letters below 10 times. *Z* *X* *Y* *V* *Q* But the story still has to be coherent, meaning you can't go qqqqqqqqqqzzzzzzzzzzxxxxxxxxxxkkkkkkkkkkyyyyyyyyyy, and expect to ...

  • My Challenge Is Better Than Yours

    This Challenge can be hard or it can be easy. At this point I'm not really sure. The Idea for this one came to me from a game we played in Drama class. Your challenge is to use these two sentences in a Ficly (Ficlet? Ficlyette??): "My milkshake brings all the boys to the yard."...

  • It Looked Like..

    It's that simple folks, begin a ficly with those little words. Any genre, any style, and any length ;) It looked like.. See my story 'It Hatched" http://shush.ficly.com/stories/19 for an example. This is also the starter required for the _Write to Win!_ contest by _Writer's J...

  • Beginnings

    In honor of this new beginning, and to test out the challenge feature, I propose that we focus on beginnings. All things have a beginning, a *genesis* if you like terms. Every story has a beginning too. I hope that you can write a beginning that will inspire you to *keep going*, bu...

  • When the Lights Go Out

    It's almost summer (and will be by the time this challenge is over). That means big summer storms around here, which means the power goes out. When I was a kid, this scared the _crap_ out of me. There was always a huge _crack_ of thunder and then complete darkness; then we all made...

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