Fractured Friday: Baby, It’s Cold Outside

Fractured Friday: Baby, It’s Cold Outside
December 18, 2015 No Comments » Friday Fiction, Writing Prompts Stephanie Ayers

A couple of summers ago, I had the great fun of collaborating with other writers to produce “Flip Flop Fiction.” Using the Mad Hatter and his hat as the mode of time travel, characters from one story would make an appearance in another story and change it. We had wonderful fun twisting the fairy tales.

When we were coming up with ideas for the writing site, Fractured Fiction came to mind. A.L. Mabry suggested we do it with nursery rhymes instead, so, voila! Our Write Side proudly presents Fractured Fridays: fractured flash fiction, putting new spins on the nursery rhymes we all know and love.

For the rest of this month, we are going to go in a different direction using literary characters from all types of stories as our prompts. This will be your last prompt of the year.

The rules are simple:

  1. Read the information.
  2. Read the challenge.
  3. Write a story 700 words or less answering the challenge.
  4. Share the url to your story in the comments OR, if you don’t have your own blog, share your story in the comments. Either way, it will be seen.
  5. Please keep your stories pg-13 or under since this is a public page. Add trigger warnings where necessary. Keep vulgarity to a minimum.
  6. Have FUN!

Now, are you ready for the prompt?

Last week, you put a literary character in an unfamiliar world and made them become the opposite of who they were. This week, your challenge is to drop a literary character into a winter or holiday scene and create a new twist. How would the Ghost of Christmas Past enjoy summers in Australia (for example).

In that same theory, please choose a character from one of the stories listed below, and drop them in another story from the list below. Let’s see how much trouble you can get them into. Don’t be afraid to be creative.


  1. A Christmas Carol
  2. Winter’s Tale
  3. Beaches
  4. 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea
  5. Moby Dick

You have until Thursday, December 24, 11:59 pm EST to transplant these characters in new stories.

Stephanie Ayers A published author with a knack for twisted tales, Stephanie Ayers is the Executive Creative Director of OWS Ink, LLC, a community for writers and readers alike. She loves a good thriller, fairies, things that go bump in the night, and sappy stories. When she is not writing, she can be found in Creative Cloud designing book covers and promotional graphics for authors.

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