Quiction Prompt – Future First

If you follow me on Twitter (@old_pines) you’ll have seen me run a couple of short story prompt requests as a sort of personal development challenge. Terming the exercises “quiction” — a portmanteau of “quick” and “fiction”, not “diction”, “question”, or “erection” — I received a couple of responses in the form of song prompts from my sans chevon non-sibling GhostGoat (@TheGhostGoat). My turnout from these prompts are here and here, respectively. In the spirit of lighthearted dueling, the erstwhile capriform specter responded with this and this. The exercises have proven to be quite fun. This time around, though, I’m changing the format a little.

Rather than asking for prompts, I’ll supply one with which I’m keen to play. I won’t wade into the mire of explaining tense, narration, and point-of-view in light of the fact that you, dear reader, are likely more familiar with them than I. We all see first-, second-, and third-person in our day to day reading. We recognize a narrator’s omniscience or lack thereof. We leaf through sheaves of present, past, and future tense. It is rare, however, to see a bit of fiction written in the future tense, with omniscient narration from a first-person point of view. Even thinking about trying to read or write such a thing infuriates me. So?

Naturally, that’s what we’re doing. Which brings us to The Prompt:

1,843 words
future tense
omniscient, first-person narration
any genre
any theme

clean or NSFW*

I usually try to knock these out in the same day that a prompt is received. That’s not going to be possible this time, as my family’s got a busy weekend ahead. Instead, I’m setting a deadline of Saturday, April 27. If you’d like to write something based upon the prompt above, I’d certainly be glad for the company.

*See guidelines below regarding NSFW content.


Here are my quiction guidelines:

  1. Story must be single-draft
    1. One writing pass
      • The point here is speed. Be anarchically free in your writing. Discard your cuffs and the seat of your pants: write from what’s left. Go nuts.
    2. No. Edits.
      • The aim of this is not perfection. If anything, showing beginning writers what an embryonic story looks like can only help them feel more comfortable.
  2. Maximum word count is 2,000
    1. Anything up to 2,000 words is fine, but this is the upper limit
      • Again, the aim is speed and wordcraft, not some polished gem. A solid story can easily fit within 2,000 words.
      • If you hit the specified word count exactly — without buggering up the story — you get bragging rights. Nice work.
    2. A specific word count may be mentioned for a given prompt.
      • If you hit the specified word count exactly — without buggering up the story — you get bragging rights. Nice work.
  3. Content
    1. Genre is variable
      • Sci-Fi, fantasy, Western, romance, noir, horror, thriller, etc., etc. Hell, mix and match. You get the picture.
      • Prompts received from Twitter, directed at Old Pines, may specify the genre of a given piece.
      • Furry isn’t a genre, but it is valid and encouraged as a theme.
    2. Can be “clean” or “NSFW”
      • No minors involved in sexual situations
      • No. Minors. Involved. In. Sexual. Situations.
      • NO goddamned MINORS involved in goddamned sexual situations, goddamnit.
      • Fucking don’t.
        • Minors do not understand the act and cannot give consent. Seriously, don’t even fucking go there.
        • The only possible exception I’ll personally allow is a no-graphic-detail “So-and-So molested me, so I bit through his spine and now he’s fucking dead. Good riddance.”
      • Same applies to non-sapient animals.
        • Exception: if the animals are fucking one another and someone’s just casually noting “Hey, those crows are really going at it!” and no one’s, like, obsessively narrating the wanton clashing of the birds’ cloacae, fine. Animals fuck, whatever.
        • “Non-sapient” is the kicker. I’m a furry writer, some of you are furry writers. Sometimes, you’ve got an intelligent dragon with a thing for soft, pliant humans. A sapient animal can communicate a) maturity, b) understanding of the act, and c) consent. If the animal in question cannot do these things, see the bullet point immediately above this one.
      • Try as best you can not to make the story just “Person A exists. Person(s) B – Z exist. Person A and Person(s) B – Z do a sex. fin.” It isn’t an art film, but try to at least have a story in there somewhere.
      • Also, this is just a personal note about my own personal taste: maybe don’t do non-consent/rape? Please? Sugar on top and sprinkles and nuts. I understand that sometimes the story must have these things. Sometimes they belong to provide context. But, ugh.
  4. Sharing
    1. Post the story to your website, your Tumblr, a community website where you commonly share stories, or something along those lines.
    2. When sharing via Twitter, use “#quiction” and mention @old_pines. (Damn right I wanna read them.)
    3. If you haven’t got anywhere to share it, DM me on twitter. If nothing else, I’ll post your entry on this site as a properly-attributed guest submission.

Clear? Excellent. Happy writing!

Feedback encouraged, critique appreciated!