Flash Fiction #87

Lightning

PHOTO PROMPT © Sean Fallon

THE WRITE STUFF

Writing is easy. Any fool can do it – many try.

To be a good writer requires a bit of genius, which Edison described as 1% Inspiration, and 99% Perspiration.  Robert Heinlein said that a writer must write 2000 words each day, to keep the muscles and mind toned.

To be a successful writer, to assemble the right theme, the right title, a believable story arc and interesting characters, to capture and hold the readers’ attention, is like catching lightning in a bottle.

Here’s a Flash – none of that is Fiction.

The best of luck to all of us who try.

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Go to Rochelle’s Addicted to Purple site and use her Wednesday photo as a prompt to write a complete 100 word story.

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My apologies for the clichéd title, but it is apt.

 

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29 thoughts on “Flash Fiction #87

  1. i b arora says:

    that was inventive.

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    • Archon's Den says:

      ‘If you can’t fix it, feature it.’
      ‘Dazzle ’em with your footwork.’
      ‘Pay no attention to that man behind the curtain.’
      Did anyone notice that I can’t actually write? 🙄

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  2. Dale says:

    Well done, sir!!!

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  3. gahlearner says:

    Neil Gaiman showed us in Stardust how lightning can be caught… onwards then. Great take on the prompt.

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  4. I believe in reading to be able to write… this is one to remember.

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  5. A very interesting and non-fictional take on the prompt. I really liked your analogy.
    Yes, excellent writing really is like “catching lightning in a bottle” – isn’t it?

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  6. Margaret says:

    Really? 2000 words a day? Sigh. Sometimes it takes me take three days to get my hundred words for Frific. I don’t like that Heinlein advice at all – but I do agree with the lightning in a bottle idea. Good thoughts, Archon. Thanks for sharing.

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    • Archon's Den says:

      Those who participate in NaNoWriMo have to average 1667 words per day to finish on time. One lady I knew who tried it, suggested getting out ahead at 2000/WPD, and using part of the last week for proofreading, editing and polish. I can’t do it ’cause my name’s not Clive Cussler or Tom Clancy. 😛

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  7. Michael says:

    It ain’t easy, it’s damned hard, two thousand poor words are not worth one good sentence, say I. Loved your offering.

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    • Archon's Den says:

      Like the original Karate Kid movie (You remember, don’t you? Wax on – wax off) I suppose Heinlein felt that, if we keep pumping out 2000 daily words, sooner or later they’d all become good sentences, without our even noticing.
      Thanx for the visit and comment. 🙂

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  8. liz young says:

    A very clever and apt bit of flash fact.

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  9. […] discovered this through a blog post by Archon’s Den. Glad I saw this, […]

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  10. A very well-executed metaphor of words. I like your twist for the photo prompt. I always enjoy your interpretations of the weeky prompts.
    Isadora 😎

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  11. Well done, Archon. I’ve heard all that and I’m still trying. A person can learn a lot and the rest is practice–trial and error–with imagination. 🙂 — Suzanne

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    • Archon's Den says:

      I just left an old joke on another site.
      A guy gets off a plane with a cello case, and asks a cabby out front, “How do I get to Carnegie Hall?”
      “Practice, practice, practice!” 🙄

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  12. Dear Archon,

    How about catching wind in a butterfly net?

    Shalom,

    Rochelle

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