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Use the phrase, A STRESSUL SITUATION, as inspiration for a fully plotted FLASH 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.

Can this phrase trigger something in your creative mind?

Which stressful situation will you weave a tale about? Perhaps the night you encountered a UFO? Or maybe when your home was foreclosed upon? Maybe you were robbed at gunpoint while walking to your car in broad daylight? Perhaps your protagonist just received a ransom note containing one of his daughter's pig tails? Or, you just discovered that your loving mate is actually an alien from Planet X? Perhaps the person knocking on the protagonist's door is a dectective with a warrant for her arrest.? Or maybe . . .


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