A Vase of Wildflowers

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Weekend Writing: An Unpleasant Gathering

[A painting representing a Qajar family gathering for Nowruz, and sitting around the Haft-Sin and probably reading Hafez. Source: http://www.crystalinks.com/noruz.html]

Ah, the holidays. Whether we celebrate them or not, their presence can be felt in the commercials and the lighting and the store fronts and the religious buildings. I personally enjoy the holidays but many of my friends do not. With holidays comes family and not everyone gets along with their family as well as I get along with mine. That is this week’s writing prompt. Are you up to the challenge?

Challenge: An Unpleasant Gathering

  • Word count: 4,000 words or less
  • Genre: flash fiction, poem, short story, song, scene from film script or play, etc.
  • Due date: next Friday*
  • Prompt: Pick a holiday, any holiday (even the ones outside of the winter season). Now imagine why a family would meet on said holiday, whether it be expected or unexpected. Create a story in which all of the family members are experiencing different emotions and have different motivations concerning a central, unpleasant conflict.

*Link your writing to A Vase of Wildflowers on your blog and make sure to place the link to your story in the comments of this post.

Last week’s challenge: RESEARCHING THE UNKNOWN

Other Weekend Writing prompts:


6 comments on “Weekend Writing: An Unpleasant Gathering

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  2. Mike
    December 13, 2014

    That’s an intriguing picture accompanying your challenge. And I love the title.

    Liked by 1 person

    • L. N. Holmes
      December 13, 2014

      Thanks Mike! I liked the beautiful colors and the expressions of the family in the painting. I also didn’t know about that particular holiday until my research and thought I’d share it with others. 🙂


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