FlashFlood Advent Calendar 2018: Day 4



Day 4: Recipes

Apparently, the 4th of December is National Cookie Day in the US (not to be confused with National Chocolate Chip Cookie Day on the 15th of May, of course). Not only is the eating of cookies encouraged today, but some businesses even hand out free ones!

Before you get your hopes up, we're sorry to report that National Flash Fiction Day is not doling out free biscuits.  In fact, we haven't even turned on our ovens.  If you want cookies, it's up to you to sort out the recipe....

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Today's flash prompt is to write a piece that involves a recipe in some way or another.  Not just cooking, not just the mention of a finished dish, but a full-blown recipe.

This could involve...
  • A character following a recipe to create a meal or dish, as in Kit de Waal's 'Recipe for a Late Lunch'
  • A character creating a recipe for something quite different, as in Stephanie Hutton's 'The Right Ingredients'
  • The use of the form, language, and/or structure of a recipe as in Ingrid Jendrzejewski's 'Shadow Broth'
  • Something else entirely, of your own devising.
If you finish the prompt by the end of the month, we promise to send you all the virtual cookies you can eat!

As always, feel free to join us at our private Facebook group to share work or just chat about writing.



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Find out more about National Flash Fiction Day at our website or get in touch if you'd like to learn more about how you can get involved.






Image of 'Christmas shaped gingerbread cookies' by Petr Kratochvil.

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