Here’s a lazy, peaceful little bit of wooded stream at night. Look at all those fireflies…or are they. Write a little Flashy Fiction set it this scene. Maybe it is the tranquil, firefly-filled escape it appears at first glance…or maybe those aren’t really fireflies. Maybe they are little fairies or some sort of malignant insect and guess who just showed up to be a late night snack. Whichever way your mind wanders first, go that way, and be creative.
Take a look at this graphic the uber-talented artist at Digital Blasphemy created. Gaze at it for a few moments, taking in the colors and lines, the contrasts, the blurs, the symmetry. Write a little Flashy Fiction based on the first thing to come to mind.
The fabled Misty Mountain Temple. Some say there’s an Oracle there who can foresee your future. Others say it is home to a mad god. From here, it looks deserted. Write a little Flashy Fiction that explains your protagonist’s reason for being here in this idyllic marsh, seeking the Misty Mountain Temple. Has he come to gain knowledge, to slay a mad god, or loot whatever he can find?
Let’s explore the mind this week. Write a little Flashy Fiction that takes place all in the head of the protagonist. Maybe it’s an inner discussion, trying to decide on a course of action. Maybe it’s a battle of the id, ego, and superego, or a struggle to maintain sanity. Maybe the conflict is trying to sort through an over-abundance of information, an over stimulation. Or, maybe you have a protagonist in complete control learning…perhaps learning how to slip outside of their own mind.
Cresting the first peak in the spine of the snow-capped mountains, you can’t believe your eyes. Clearing away the wind-induced tears from your eyes, you gaze in awe at the huge chunk of mountain floating above the highest peak up ahead with a citadel perched upon it. You’d heard of it, of course, but not truly believed it until now. Write a little Flashy Fiction the explains why your protagonist found her way here and what her plans are when she gets to the floating rock. Is she just going to investigate or does she have some sort of business at the citadel? Do they welcome visitors or will she have to find some means of getting up there unnoticed? What will she find if and when she does?
A forest full of snow-capped Christmas trees glowing warmly in the night. But, how so? Write a little Flashy Fiction that tells the story of the person who goes through the trouble to run power to all these trees and then string them up with lights and decorates them. What’s their motivation and how can they afford the time and expense of it? Maybe there’s no electricity involved at all. Maybe it’s a trick of magic. Maybe the fae have a reason for lighting up these trees on a snowy eve. Based in science or magic (or a bit of both), have fun developing your how and why of the mystery of the Forest of Christmas Trees.
A relatively recent urban legend is that of The Slender Man, a faceless, long-limbed being that stalks children. Write a little Flashy Fiction about The Slender Man, maybe even try writing from his perspective. Or, maybe develop your own creepy being as the star of your story. Breathe life into it and maybe it will take on a life of its own and become an urban legend.
That’s one nasty looking storm cloud out there. Write a little Flashy Fiction involving a bad storm. Maybe you’re out on the water when you spot this on the horizon. Maybe you’re on the coast and spot it out over the water. Maybe this isn’t even a “natural” storm.
Out and about in the woods at night, you look around and can’t help but notice all of the lights in the trees. At first glance, you think, “Oh, look, there are so many fireflies.” But then you notice the color isn’t quite right, and they don’t usually fly up among the tree branches. Write a little Flashy Fiction describing your investigation of these beautiful lights, or your encounter with whatever they really are.
You’ve heard the tale of the magical tree that grows deep in the swamp. Most believe it a myth. Write a little Flashy Fiction about this mythical tree. It could be about the mythos of the tree itself, about your protagonist’s search for it, or what becomes of your protagonist and/or the tree after it’s found.