1:1000 is a website that pairs photography with 1,000-word prose. Sound like your cup of tea? Go to Pinterest and select an unclaimed photograph, then write your 1,000-word piece (fiction or creative non-fiction).
I consider myself a solid fiction writer, with fantasy and horror as my primary genres of choice. I had an idea to write a futuristic story about a young boy being tested for gender equality (um, it made sense in my head), and it somehow evolved into this sci fi piece I didn’t even know I was capable of writing. Seriously, I read this and it doesn’t feel like me, but in the best way possible. Does that even make sense?
Anyway, “The True Test.” Go read it, because I really like it and it’s up there in my favorite stories list, and there will definitely be more of the Academy in the future. Probably more Ren, too.