Same Song, Three Verses
Today, I invite you to embrace some playfulness and boldness in your flash. Your prompt:
Write the same ONE paragraph story THREE TIMES. Keep repeating the same elements, but change something in each version that takes the story in a new direction. See how this changes the overall arc from the first to the last story. See how you can create a sense of movement and rising tension simply by moving things around. Do not be afraid to get a bit strange or surreal in this. Keep subverting the reader’s expectations.
An example is my own “Three Likely Stories” which was published in The Forge Literary Magazine.
If you need a nudge, here are some words/images you might incorporate:
an extra dry martini
“I make my own rules.”