Are you ready to take on the Challenge??
Join us again this November for:
Created by Nancy Stohlman in 2012 in solidarity with NaNoWriMo, FlashNano is in its 7th year!
Day 1: Write a story that begins at the end
Day 2: Write a story that takes place in the bathroom
Day 3: Write a story involving mud
Day 4: Write a story that takes place in a very hot room
Day 5: Write a story that takes place on Monday
Day 6: Write a story in the form of a folktale
Day 7: Write a story set at a famous location
Day 8: Write a story that involves the police
Day 9: Write a story that includes a song lyric
Day 10: Write a story in the form of a test
Day 11: Write a story using the word “armistice”
Day 12: Write a story set on a boat
Day 13: Write a story without punctuation
Day 14: Write a story where something is stolen
Day 15: Take a story you have written this month and cut it in half
Day 16: Write a story where one of the characters is 16
Day 17: Write a story in the form of an advertisement
Day 18: Write a story involving smoke
Day 19: Write a story set in a hotel room
Day 20: Write a story set in the year 2020
Day 21: Write a story using only 5 sentences
Day 22: Write a childhood story that you’ve never written before
Day 23: Write a story that takes place in a crowd
Day 24: Write a story involving a wild animal
Day 25: Write a story in the form of a public apology
Day 26: Write a story that includes a misunderstanding
Day 27: Write a story in the form of an email or text message
Day 28: Write a story involving money
Day 29: Write a story using the color black
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Frequently Asked Questions
How do we join?
Declare it so.
Go buy some new pens and notebooks.
Join the mailing list (if you haven’t already) if you would like prompts emailed to you.
Join the FB group event page if you want to share your work or see what others are writing (not required)
Bookmark my website as it will become a prompt pumping factory starting Thursday!
Do we submit them?
There is no official submitting, though I just put up a temporary Facebook event page where some people like to share and keep each other’s spirits up—it gets pretty lively over there. But many people participate without ever sharing anything and that’s also great.
Do you critique them?
No way. Not only does that go against the spirit of FlashNano, it’s also just impossible. I estimate probably close to 1,000 people will attempt it this year. November is about generating lots of material and the challenge requires lots of creative play and risk taking. The editing hat can come in later and I may offer an editing class in December if I’m not too tired!
Do they count as published?
Since the Facebook page is temporary it will disappear after November so you shouldn’t have any trouble. Some people will post on their own blogs instead—personally my work isn’t usually ready to share (officially) that soon, but some people have found the publishing on their own blogs is a great way to create accountability.
What if I miss a day?
If you miss a day then write two the next day! This challenge is really between you and your god, so no one else is counting.
Where can I find the prompts?
I will post the prompts on my website and social media pages (Twitter and Facebook) and I also have a dedicated email list just for FlashNano, so those folks will get the prompts emailed to them each morning. Many of you are probably already on that list but if not sign up here.
When are prompts posted?
Once I wake up and get moving–I aim for about 9 am MST, give or take an hour. So over in Europe and Australia you’ll be getting them in the afternoon/evening.
Do I have to use the prompts?
Absolutely not. Write 40 stores in November by any means necessary!
Do I have to write flash?
Actually, no. I started it as a space for flash writers of course, but over the last 6 years I’ve seen people do all sorts of things, including poetry, a haiku a day, and even thread the daily flashes into a novella. New material is always a win!
Read some past interviews about FlashNano here: