Thursday, March 7, 2013

The Man in the White Van - Flash Fiction Challenge


Patti Abbott, our resident writing challenge inspiration has come up with another intriguing idea for a Flash Fiction Challenge and all are welcome to join in. Please read the rules in Patti's post which I've reproduced below.

Of course I'll be writing something and posting it here. Why? Oh, because it's fun and flexes the brain a little bit.

Patti's Post:

I sit at a window every day here in La Jolla where I look out on the ocean. But I also see a street.  On many of the days I have been here, a white van pulls up early in the morning to grab one of the few empty spots. The van contains an expensive bike, a motorbike, a surfboard, multiple coolers, and changes of clothes, a beach chair. And, of course, a man. A man who seems to nearly live in this van because he eats lunch in there, changes his clothes in there and so on. He seems to have too many expensive things to be homeless, but he is sinister. I watch him enter and exit his van.  Does he watch me at the window?

Don't regard any of these details relevant to your story necessarily. 

CHALLENGE: Write a story about a man in a white van. What is his story? 1,000 words and a finish date of March 13th. Let me know if you're in. 

To read the rest of Patti's post, please use this link.


  1. Ooooooh! Now, that's piqued my interest........maybe my writing muse will return from sabbatical ......!

    Thanks for the heads-up, Yvette :-)

  2. Sounds like fun Yvette - really look forward to reading what you and Patti come up with!

  3. I'm joining the Flash Fictioneers as usually do. I've already come up with a neat micro plot. Looking forward to yours and hope you'll read mine next week.

  4. Why don't you jump in, Sue? :)

  5. Don't have anything working yet, Sergio. Ha. I'm always better doing things last minute....I think. Ha.

  6. John, I'll be there. I got nothing yet, but admittedly I haven't thought about it much. I'm waiting for inspiration to strike. Ha!

  7. I'll be a reader, not a writer. I have to write other stuff, it's too much.

  8. Sorry, Yvette - life-issues have overtaken me, with a major change in our family this last weekend meaning I have no time to create a story before the deadline, so I'll have to decline I'm afraid.

    I do hope to read some of the stories that people post up, though! :-)

  9. Not a problem, Sue. I'm sorry you couldn't find the time. But I know about reality intrudin. :)


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