Welcome back to Flash Fiction Friday! 

Today I have a super fun giveaway, but first let’s get down to business. 



I thought we’d continue in the “spirit” (get it?) of Halloween and write our stories based on something, ANYTHING, scary. Ghosts, a haunted house, vampires, zombies, werewolves, broken dolls, scary children, clowns…wherever your imagination takes you. There’s just one catch:

Your story must be 6 words or fewer! 

I know, I know. I’m cruel. But this is super fun and a great exercise. 

Here are some examples by yours truly to get you started. (Remember, these are creepy on purpose! And it hardly took me five minutes to come up with these. I know you guys can do it!) 

Daughter keeps giggling. She died yesterday. 

Had to burn his clothes. Bloodstained. 

I ran. My shadow did not. 

Floorboards creaked. House has cement foundation. 

Skin ripped when his teeth sank. 

Keep hearing children cry. I’m deaf. 

There you go! See? Not hard at all!

Post your stories in the comments below. One participant in today’s FFF will win a signed *ARC of the upcoming release, A Bad Day for Sunshine! Woot woot! (Sorry. Blatant self-promotion.) It will ship the moment they come in. Because I don’t actually have any yet. Should be any second now. 

Good luck, writers! I can’t wait to see what you come up with! 


  1. Evelyn Smith says:

    Flora cleaned her blood-drenched blade. Freedom.

  2. Lydia Stevens says:

    Sorry I missed last week’s posts! I was at the conference and I really recomend the New Jersey Romance Writer’s Anual Conference for anyone looking for a fun weekend of writing and learning. The Maine Romance Writer’s Retreat is this coming May. That’s another great one too!

    Ok on to writing. These are so fun. Here are the ones I came up with. I got my 8-year-old involved. He loved doing these with me. I think I might be a bad influence on him. 🤔🤔🤔

    Opened my eyes, in my coffin.

    A haunted house. I’m the ghost.

    Clawed out of my own grave.

    Blood filled tub, from my wounds.

    Worms fell out of my mouth.

  3. Jen Fitzpatrick says:

    Scared? Don’t be…demons are everywhere.

  4. Mellissa A says:

    I held my own severed hand.

  5. Lydia Stevens says:

    Good Morning,

    I am sorry I missed last week’s posts! I was at the New Jersey Romance Writer’s Annual Conference. I really recommend it to everyone if you’re looking for a weekend of writing, fun, and networking.

    I had a lot of fun with these! My 8-year-old got into them too! I think I might be a bad influence on him. 🤔🤔🤔

    Opened my eyes, in my coffin.

    A haunted house. I’m the ghost.

    Clawed out of my own grave.

    Blood filled tub, from my wounds.

    Worms fell out of my mouth.

    • Lydia Stevens says:

      I don’t know why my comments keep not posting. This has happened before. So if the moderators see it posted twice will you please delete one? Thanks!

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    • I love the New Jersey conference. Glad you had an awesome time.

      Great lines. Very visual.

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    • Great ones, Lydia!!! So sorry about the comment mishap. Oy. And, I often wonder if I’ve been a bad influence on my children, too. Hehehe.

  6. Oh I love doing these. Here are a few off the top of my head.

    We married. Next day he died.

    One bus. Forty children. Cut brake-line.

    Post-it-note: Tomorrow will be your last.

    And one sweet one: Bubblegum brought us together for fifty years.

  7. Heather McCollum says:

    Ooooo! These are awesome, Darynda! Gosh – 6 words?! I’ve done some that are 2500 but 6? Let’s see…

    Sucking air through a straw. Buried.

    Alone in the house. Dancing footsteps.

    Staring at reflection. It turns away.

    Something brushes my leg… in bathtub.

    Chill up my spine. It bites.

    “Sweet dreams.” Coffin lid shuts. Scream!

  8. Samantha W. says:

    Wood splintered, nowhere left to run.

  9. Nicole Hoffmann says:

    No, you’re not alone. He’s watching.

  10. Pamela L Corey says:

    Knocking, knocking. I unzipped my tent.

  11. Margaret Estrada says:

    underground I hear everything see everything

  12. Amber says:

    Awake. Pain. Smell…gasoline – hear…train.

  13. Cynthia Huscroft says:

    I love doing “Flash Fiction Friday”:)

    The howling was louder. Teeth gnashed.

    Teeth bared, I took his wrist.

    Where was I? I was “in-between”.

    Blood splattered. I ran.

    Would the screaming never stop?

  14. April Mitchell says:

    Red eyes stared back at me.

    Sharp teeth ripped at my throat.

    I lay on the ground bleeding.

    My mother called me, she’s dead.

  15. Evelyn Hawke says:

    The blankets shift, I live alone.

  16. Sara Romberger says:

    Dont fall asleep, she is there

  17. Addison Fox says:

    You guys – THESE ARE AMAZING!!!!!

  18. If you shoot ,better not miss

  19. Love reading these on a Friday. Talented writers, so inspiring!

  20. Lisa Abraham says:

    I love these Fridays! Here are a few I came up with:

    Fingers down my back – no one there.

    A name on a tombstone – mine.

    A cackling witch spelling trouble.

    Unraveling mummy rises to greet us.

    Trick-or-treaters at the door – no candy!

    Happy Halloween everyone!

  21. Melody byron says:

    Love reading these!

    People are posting a couple so I thought I would too!

    I stood. My body did not.

    Woke up cold, my kidney missing.

    Thanks for the chance! Fun game!

  22. sue ellen turnbull says:

    Burned alive. I took a breath.

  23. Donti Moore says:

    Relief is found in the grave.

  24. Liz Talley says:

    The candy bowl was empty. @#$#%#!

    That was always my biggest fear on Halloween. Could be why I’m now on Weight Watchers.

  25. Gabriel Aparicio says:

    I can’t find the spider.

  26. Darynda says:

    LOL! These are SO GREAT!!! I’ll add more later, but thanks to everyone for participating! ❤️

  27. Jessica Mobbs says:

    Embraced while sleeping, but lives alone.

  28. Linda Parish says:

    Someone broke in, stole my books.

  29. Taryn Lee says:

    Fear the living not the dead.

  30. April Mitchell says:

    Buried alive, I wait for death.

    Broken window, fierce growl, glowing eyes.

    The vampire ginned the grabbed me.

    Lucifer smiled; laughing, I shot him.

  31. April Mitchell says:

    Oops. I meant: The vampire grinned then grabbed me. 🙂

  32. Candice says:

    Laughing by his coffin. I’m doomed.

  33. Kat says:

    Under the bed. Six eyes glowed.

    Teeth punctured through my fragile skin.

    Flesh ripped, spraying decaying grey organs.

  34. Kat says:

    Worms burst through fragile skin. 🤢

    Whispers heard on an empty street.

    He tripped. Onto my outstretched knife. 🤷🏻‍♀️

  35. Cathy Fox says:

    The house spoke. The house burns.

  36. Andrea martin says:

    Hauled away screaming in the coffin

  37. Rhianna says:

    Sent husband shopping. He forgot list.


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