The raven has a bad reputation. In literature, it’s considered an ominous sign that points to death. This most likely has to do with the birds’ diet of carrion and their gleaming, black feathers. But there have also been positive representations of the raven throughout history, although they may be less known. So how would you write about the raven? That is this week’s challenge. Are you up to it?
Challenge: The Raven
Word count: 4,000 words or less
Genre: flash fiction, poem, short story, essay, song, scene from a film script or play, etc.
Due date: next Friday*
Prompt: A raven sits on a sign post that points to four different paths in the middle of a forest. You are unaware of how you ended up here to begin with and are unsure if you should go back the way you came or try one of the other three paths. Suddenly, the raven speaks to you and gives you advice on which path to take. What the creature says, what words are printed on the signs, what your character chooses to do, and what the different paths look like are up to you to describe.
*If you want to share your writing with us, link your work to A Vase of Wildflowers on your blog and make sure to place the link to your story in the comments of this post.
The previous challenge: DISCOVERY ISLAND