Stories begin when things change.

The change might be a death or a divorce. It might be a cataclysm that’s quiet and personal, or one that’s global or even galactic. It’s a storm, a betrayal, a loss, a gain. Story is a like a broken bone: With it comes pain, but also the chance for growth. And it gives us reason to howl to the heavens.

Stories are about change.

Consider that the first rule.

– Chuck Wendig, Damn Fine Story

Sidebar: Y’all should support Chuck Wendig because he is great and his books are great and he gives a lot of excellent motivational writing advice. You should also support him because of The Bullshit Marvel Decision. Everyone, remember to vote on Nov 6.

ffic: day 22

Prompt: We remember unkind eyes.

Inktober: expensive


  • Write a piece of flash fiction daily for the month of October — 31 first drafts for 31 days.
  • Each flash fiction piece should be <1000 words long and must contain an arc/plot/conflict (vignettes and slice-of-life stories don’t count).
  • Feel free to use the list of prompts collected.
    • Try to go two to three layers down from where your brain first goes with the prompt.
  • Share the piece: to your blog, to a kind friend, to an internet rando (feel free to send it to me!). Maybe tag it with #flashfictioninktober. (Or not. I don’t know how clever hashtags work. How do internet?)