June 15: Flash Fiction Challenge – The Dawn of an Ending


June 15, 2017 prompt: In 99 words (no more, no less) write a story that symbolically, mythically, mystically, or realistically involves dawn, as a noun or verb. Write about the dawn of time or the time of dawn, or the dawning of an idea. As always, go where the prompt leads.

It dawned on me one morning watching the dawn that I was never going to make it as a writer of any substance. There wasn’t a market in 99-word stories or for that matter flash of any kind.

I had looked at so many well-written tales and come to the conclusion that it was the endings that generated so much on going interest. My learning was to establish a hook in your first sentence, like “Spaghetti oozed from every orifice”. But subsequent study showed me the future lay in a hooky pithy conclusion. I needed to create an ending


Written for: https://carrotranch.com/2017/06/15/june-15-flash-fiction-challenge/

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11 Responses to June 15: Flash Fiction Challenge – The Dawn of an Ending

  1. I liked the imagery of the spaghetti but wonder if it would be more effective at the conclusion of your flash, you know, a catchy endin

  2. Reena Saxena says:

    There is no market for 990 word stories either.

  3. Lyn says:

    And despite the fact that I love perfect, romantic endings, hopefully the ending wont be: “And they all lived happily ever after.” There has to be a twist in the tale…and the tail if you’re story is about a mouse 😀

  4. scribblersdip says:

    “Spaghetti oozed from every orifice”.

    roflmbo – not that’s a hook, line and sinker ….. and I’m thinking you have some mighty explaining to do 😉

    great piece for CR Michael – well well done 😀

    [very tongue in cheek]

  5. Yeah that spaghetti opener is way more than a hook! I’d read that story…

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