January 2017 flash fiction prompts

Close-up colour photograph of ice crystals on small branches

For the month of January 2017, I used these prompts to inspire a month of flash fiction.

These are all basically first drafts, posted as they were written, so they are nowhere near polished and perfected. That was part of the challenge though, because I’m terrified of sharing imperfect things so forcing myself to do it was a big step.

Some of these have been edited and have made their way into collections published elsewhere and a few have been removed completely as they now form part of a novella-length work. Visit my Writing credits page for a list of published works.

  1. Hangover: Blood Dries and Eyes Open
  2. A dog’s life: The Ninth Step
  3. Crack the spine: To Mother’s Farm
  4. At the bar: Heartbled and Soulrisen
  5. Deodorant: Car Thieves (link removed as this is now part of a book)
  6. Conquered: Cigarettes as a Metaphor for Heartbreak
  7. New you: Evidence, Omerta
  8. Daily: Keep Me Good
  9. Deer: Endings
  10. Batman: Chance (link removed as this is now part of a book)
  11. Take note: My Dearest Andrew
  12. To read: Gradually, Then Suddenly (12, 13 and 14 combined)
  13. CC: Gradually, Then Suddenly (12, 13 and 14 combined)
  14. Die: Gradually, Then Suddenly (12, 13 and 14 combined)
  15. Shark: The Mariana Trench and Everest
  16. Salt: Just the End of the World and Me (link removed as this is now part of a book)
  17. Marker: What Did You Expect From Drugs and Holidays? (17 and 18 combined)
  18. Buoy: What Did You Expect From Drugs and Holidays? (17 and 18 combined)
  19. Stay strong: Today, In Case You Didn’t Know
  20. Planned: Curare
  21. Cut and paste: Landmarks
  22. Virgin: I Will Follow the Teacher (22 and 23 combined)
  23. HB pencil: I Will Follow the Teacher (22 and 23 combined)
  24. Discharge: Push (link removed as this is now part of a book)
  25. Kilojoules: Spark
  26. 3057: Drowning  (link removed as this is now part of a book)
  27. Page by page: Drowning, Part 2  (link removed as this is now part of a book)
  28. Tomorrow: Near-Death Wish  (link removed as this is now part of a book)
  29. Love lies: Four Truths, One Lie and One Unspoken Secret, Part 1  (link removed as this is now part of a book)
  30. Numbered: Four Truths, One Lie and One Unspoken Secret, Part 2  (link removed as this is now part of a book)
  31. Thanks Jan: Flash Fiction Prompt Month is Over! (wrap-up post)