I'm a writer because I have stage fright.
The use of animals in literature is often symbolic. Certain types of birds like owls or hawks were used in Shakespearean literature to alert the reader to shifts in mood or upcoming changes in plot. For this prompt, though, the animals are going to have a more direct effect on the story. Are you up for the challenge? #WeekendWriting
Challenge: The Animal Messenger
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: Write a story in which an animal brings the main character a message. It can be a direct message, like a note from a carrier pigeon. It can be an implied message, like a dog alerting a hunter to animal tracks. It can also be a conclusion the main character arrives at after seeing an animal, like a woodsman in the Montana wilderness looking up into a tree to see a mountain lion and thinking on his mortality. Whatever you choose, make sure the animal is important to the storyline and the message significant.
*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.
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