Moira’s Microfiction Challenge

I’ll be posting (hopefully daily) stories. Make sure to subscribe with your email to have them sent straight to your inbox so you never miss one!

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Tips For Building Realistic Systems Of Magic

The more you know about how your magical system works, the more real it will be to read about it. The more you tell me why your system of magic works, the more I’ll think you’re full of shit.

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Prompt #19

Write a story inspired by or starting with the line “I didn’t meant to kill her.”

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Prompt #18

Write a story using this as a first line: “Follow me,” she whispered.

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Prompt #17

Write a story using this is a first line: a shrill cry echoed in the mist.

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Writing Opposite Genders: A Rant

To say “anyone can do it” because the genders are equally competent is wrong, and it minimizes the skill it takes for an author to pull off.

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Prompt #16

Write a story where something ordinary to your protagonist appears extraordinary to someone else.

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When “Borrowing” Ideas Goes Wrong

Now, I’m all for a literary heist. I borrow ideas all the time, from all over, but I make it a point not to stop once the idea has been borrowed. After all, coming up with a “new and different” idea isn’t the same as coming up with a good one.

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Prompt #15

Write a story where something ordinary to your protagonist appears extraordinary to someone else.

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How Writers Screw Up Tough Women

The amount of writers who unwittingly fall into this category drives me bananas. The worst part? A lot of it comes down to lazy and unimaginative writing.

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Love Delayed by Cynthia King

Our very first short story submission comes courtesy of Cynthia King from Upstate New York. She’s a reading, writing, mom of two (mostly) functioning adults with dreams of one day publishing a full-length novel. “Love Delayed” is a romance that takes place over 24 hours.

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