« Week #603 - Framed »

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Date: 02-19-2024
Word Limit: 1250
Words Written: 4,818

Judges (crits):
Toaster Beef
Slightly Lions
Week Archivist:
a friendly penguin

Something I've always had a real fondness for is a good framing device: a story within a story. I love how it lets authors play around with voice and detail and the reliability of narration. And it has me thinking.

This week, I want to see framing devices. Stories within stories. But here's the rub: You've gotta make that device worth the time. Is your narrator sitting around the campfire telling a creepy tale? Awesome. I wanna hear that tale, and I wanna know why they were telling it and how it all ties together. Is your narrator testifying in court? Sweet. What's the tale they relay — and what are they doing on the stand in the first place? Be careful with this one, because if I feel like you shorted either the storyteller or the story they're telling, you're gonna get dinged for it.

If you want a flash rule, let me know and I'll tell you who your storyteller is and where they're telling their story. The rest is up to you, and you'll get another 250 words to mess around with.

Word limit: 1,250 words, unless you use a flash, then it's 1,500.

No fan fiction, no erotica, yadda yadda. You know the deal.


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