Weekly Writing Challenge – Collecting Details

The Weekly Writing Challenge asks us to draw inspiration from the unending small details of our life. I pulled mine form the experience of traveling back on an international flight from Belize following a week-long mission trip.


Photo by  Sigfrid Lundberg CC BY-SA 2.0)

Photo by Sigfrid Lundberg CC BY-SA 2.0)

In today’s challenge, you’ll turn your observational superpowers on high alert. (You might want to carry a notebook or a slip of paper and a pen to be able to capture the details when they’re fresh in your mind.) Pick three original details from encounters during your day or your week. It could be the quality of the moonlight filtering through bare oak trees on to the snow in your back yard. It could be the red of a small child’s coat against drab buildings in the inner city, the adhesive sound of car tires on a wet street, the acrid smell of wheat stubble burning in a farmer’s field. Maybe it’s the whiteblack flash and peep of a chickadee passing overhead, or the sound of a toddler giggling.

Once you’ve collected your details, your “glimmers of a beginning,” write at least one paragraph containing your original details.

My Details:

1) An international flight from Belize

2) A cascading flight cancellation list due to a Northeastern US snow event

3) A chance for romance

My Paragraph:

For four and a half hours they had shared their lives with each other. They had different itineraries when they traveled down a week before, visiting different regions of the country for vastly different purposes, but their only purpose now was to spend time together. A chance placement on the flight had sparked an instant connection. They were almost the same age, both single and looking. But there brief encounter was nearing an end. Flights back to their homes waited, meaning this face to face time was going to end. With their fingers interlaced they slowed at the last point they could be together. From ahead they heard an announcement. Flights were being cancelled due to adverse weather conditions. They referenced their tickets for the flight numbers mentioned. Perfectly mirrored smiles mean they had more time. 


I want to point you flash fiction writers to another option. It is Flash in the Pan, where you write short fiction 50-150 words respectively to words chosen and posted each week. 250 responses will be collected and published by Redmund Productions. You can check the details at the following link: Flash in the Pan.

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About Joe Owens

Can you tell from my writing I love God? I hope so because that is what I want you to know most about me. I am also a writer who loves taking on fiction prompts and crafting a story. One day you will read my work in print. Until then enjoy it here! For free!
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3 Responses to Weekly Writing Challenge – Collecting Details

  1. rlyonsii says:

    Very cool. Thanks for this!

  2. Pingback: Painting the Night Sky with Colours | Ramisa the Authoress

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