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 8th year!
In 2019 there were over 800 participants!
Day 1: Write a story that includes a red sweater
Day 2: Write a story in the form of (or including) a test
Day 3: Write a story where something explodes
Day 4: Write a story with an abrupt ending
Day 5: Write a story that takes place 5 years ago
Day 6: Write a story that takes place on a bicycle
Day 7: Write a story that includes an addiction
Day 8: Write a story that includes a famous piece of art
Day 9: Write a story that happens on the telephone
Day 10: Write a story in exactly 10 sentences
Day 11: Write a story that takes place before sunrise
Day 12: Write a story where the narrator has a super power
Day 13: Write an unlucky story. OR write a lucky story.
Day 14: Write a story in the form of a review.
Day 15: Take one of the stories you have written and cut it in half
Day 16: Write a story that includes a dentist
Day 17: Where a story where something is destroyed by the weather
Day 18: Write a story that includes a wrongful accusation
Day 19: Write a story about your grandfather (real or no)
Day 20: Write a story that includes black boots
Day 21: Write a story that takes place at the theater
Day 22: Write a story where people are worried
Day 23: Write a story that includes a physical pain
Day 24: Write a story in the form of a contract
Day 25: Write a story that takes place next to the highway
Day 26: Write a story where something is frozen
Day 27: Write a story about a disappointing adventure
Day 28: Write a food-related story
Day 29: Write a story using just one sentence (as long as you like).
Day 30: Write a story in the form of a final exam
If you’re having fun and writing stories, please feel free to throw a thank you in the tip jar!
And thank YOU!
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 Fri, Nov 1!
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 30 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 7 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: