5 Tips for Crafting a Novel-in-Stories

My older sister and I attended a rural Ohio elementary school, where her eighth-grade class read Sherwood Anderson’s Winesburg, Ohio (1919). “What’s it about?” I asked her. “A bunch of weird people,” she answered. By the time I reached eighth grade, three years later, the school board had banned the book, which they called scandalous. … Read more

Ladee Hubbard: On Interconnecting Individual Stories

Lady Hubbard is the author of The Rib King and The Talented Ribbkins, which received the 2018 Ernest J. Gaines Award for Literary Excellence and the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award for Debut Fiction. Her writing has appeared in Guernica, The Times Literary Supplement, Copper Nickel and Callaloo. Hubbard is a recipient of a Radcliffe Institute Fellowship, … Read more

28 Writing Prompts for the 2022 Flash Fiction Challenge

Find all 28 prompts for the 2022 February Flash Fiction Challenge below. I will link each day back to the original post with a super concise prompt. Just click the link if you need more guidance or ideas on how to come at the prompt. Happy writing! 28 Flash Fiction Prompts for the 2022 February … Read more

2022 February Flash Fiction Challenge: Day 28

Today is our last day writing together for this challenge! I can’t believe how fast it went; I’ve had such a joy writing with all of you this month and seeing how wonderful and creative your stories are. And for everyone who has reached out to me with kind words about this challenge, I want … Read more

2022 February Flash Fiction Challenge: Day 27

For today’s prompt, let’s take something intangible—like an idea—and give it a physical body. Remember: As mentioned yesterday, these prompts are just starting points; you have the freedom to go wherever your flash of inspiration takes you. (Note: If you happen to run into any issues posting, please just send me an e-mail at mrichard@aimmedia.com … Read more

2022 February Flash Fiction Challenge: Day 26

For today’s prompt, structure your story as a list. Remember: As mentioned yesterday, these prompts are just starting points; you have the freedom to go wherever your flash of inspiration takes you. (Note: If you happen to run into any issues posting, please just send me an e-mail at mrichard@aimmedia.com with the subject line: Flash … Read more

2022 February Flash Fiction Challenge: Day 25

For today’s prompt, let’s write something that ends with a promise. It could be that a promise is made from one character to another or that your character promises themselves something or is promised something or even that a promise is broken. Remember: As mentioned yesterday, these prompts are just starting points; you have the … Read more

2022 February Flash Fiction Challenge: Day 24

The wonderful thing about flash fiction is that you can have a story that goes up to 1,000 words, or you can have a story in six words or less. For today’s prompt, write the shortest story you can. Remember: As mentioned yesterday, these prompts are just starting points; you have the freedom to go … Read more

2022 February Flash Fiction Challenge: Day 23

There’s a lot you can pack into flash fiction; But sometimes, focusing on a single moment can open up your writing in a way that a wider span of time cannot. For today’s prompt, write a story that takes place in 10 minutes or less. Remember: As mentioned yesterday, these prompts are just starting points; … Read more

2022 February Flash Fiction Challenge: Day 22

For today’s prompt, write something featuring the phrase “the door is open.” Remember: As mentioned yesterday, these prompts are just starting points; you have the freedom to go wherever your flash of inspiration takes you. (Note: If you happen to run into any issues posting, please just send me an e-mail at mrichard@aimmedia.com with the … Read more