Tuesday 18 December 2018

FlashFlood Advent Calendar 2018: Day 18

Day 18: He's Makin' A List, Checkin' It Twice

For some people (and not just Father Christmas), December is a month of lists.  Shopping lists.  Gift lists.  To-do lists of Everything that Needs to Get Done before schools break up.  Is NFFD going to give you a break from all this December list making with our latest writing prompt?  Not likely.


Write a character sketch in the form of a shopping list.  What kind of story can you tell with only a list of items to purchase?  What might a list say about a character's situation, needs and aspirations?  If you'd like an extra constraint, limit your shopping to a grocery store or supermarket.

Try to resist adding in any extra context or information that wouldn't appear on a typical shopping list.

For an extra challenge, try to tell a complete story through your shopping list.  Can you construct a narrative just through the items on the list?  What changes for your character by the end of the list?  Or, can you surprise the reader with a twist-ending of a final item?

And since we love lists so much, let us give you a list of the word counts for upcoming NFFD projects in 2019! 

  • The Anthology: 500 words
  • The Microfiction Competition: 100 words
  • Flash Flood: 500 words
  • The Write-In: ???  (Tell us if you're interested in seeing this project revived!)


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.

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