Use the lines of dialogue below as inspiration for a fully plotted URBAN FANTASY of 500 words or less. Leave out every superflous description and character movement that isn't vital to the plot. As unappealing as this may be to you poets and novelist, do it anyway since flash requires the tightest of tight writing. If you can't come up with an entire story of 500 words or less, create a less-completely-plotted vignette of at least 200 words.

"What's that in your hand?" Susan asked.
"My latest invention," Harry replied.
"What does it do?"

To get you started, consider the following questions:

  • What is it that Harry has in his hand?

  • Is it something that will change life on Earth forever?

  • Is it for the good of the world, or something nefarious?

  • If the thing doesn't fit into a hand, how large is it? Or might it just be theoretical?

  • If it has a switch, what happens when Harry tests it for the first time?

  • What about the setting--Is it a mad scientist's lab, complete with an assistant named Igor, or could it be someone's cluttered garage?

  • Urban fantasy flash is in great demand by hundreds of magazines around the world and many of them pay.


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