January 22nd, 2004


Five five-minute ficlets

I took up kerravonsen's challenge, but lacked the confidence to try for two minutes. Instead I allowed myself five. If you are braver than me (which wouldn't be hard) accept the two-minute challenge.

Here's what you do:

You need a timing device which can tell you when two or five minutes is up, and a way of getting a random word. I used a dictionary and a pin.

Think of a character, get your word, set the timer, and write a ficlet using the character and word. You've got five--or two--minutes. When the time is up, you can now only correct for typos and punctuation.

I listed my characters up front: Blake, Jenna, Vila, Avon, and Cally, then did them in turn. Now I only rejected one word--the first one I got for Blake, which was 'borough'. I couldn't see how to use it, nor do boroughs exist in the Federation as far as I know. The rest really are words the pin landed on, and by the way I used the actual word, not the definition it appeared in. They were oddly appropriate in some cases.

Collapse )