Fractured Friday: Polar Opposites

Fractured Friday: Polar Opposites
November 13, 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.

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?

There are many literary heroes throughout history whose names or stories have become the opposite of who they really were. For example, King Midas was a greedy king who acquired the ability of turning anything he touched to gold to teach him a lesson. Today, the “midas touch” has lucky connotations, the exact opposite of what it originally meant.

In that same theory, please choose a literary character from the list below, combine it with one of the settings below, and write your story based on how this character could be turned into it’s polar opposite. Don’t be afraid to be creative.

Characters:

  1. Katniss Everdeen
  2. Scarlet O’Hara
  3. Captain James Hook
  4. Hannibal Lecter

Settings:

  1. The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe
  2. The Maze Runner
  3. The Stand
  4. Pride & Prejudice

You have until Thursday, November 19, 11:59 pm EST to transform these characters from good to evil, weak to strong, or whatever fractured fiction comes to mind.

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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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