Everyone knows that the only way to get through a tough time is to curl up into a ball and play Plans by Death Cab for Cutie on repeat until you stop crying. Right? Is that just us?
Clem, from Melissa Walker’s Unbreak My Heart, knows tough times better than most. She fell for her best friend’s boyfriend and became a social outcast for it. And now she’s forced to spend the summer on a sailboat with her family. Clem escapes the confines of the boat and the pain of her broken heart by plugging in her headphones and drifting off into her own private musical world. This week, in honor of the songs that get Clementine through her tough times, we’re hosting a lyrical flash-fiction week.
Today, we take a trip across the pond with Billy Bragg:
Write a story of 150 words or fewer inspired by “Must I Paint You a Picture,” by Billy Bragg.
My mom gives me exactly six minutes to be antisocial and unhelpful. I know because I get to listen to “Must I Paint You a Picture?” by Billy Bragg, which is five and a half minutes long, and as it ends, I open my eyes to see Mom’s messenger.
— Unbreak My Heart, Melissa Walker
How to Enter:
1. Read the full rules.
2. Create an account on Figment.com.
3. Start a new writing of 150 words or fewer.
4. Tag your writing with UnbreakMyHeart and UnbreakFlash2 on the Details tab.
5. Press “Publish Now.”
6. You should receive a pop-up confirmation of your entry, and in about two hours or so, your piece should appear among the submissions.
The Figment team will choose the 10 best entries from the entire week and send them to Melissa, who will choose one grand-prize winner to receive a copy of Unbreak My Heart, a copy of Small Town Sinners,and a $15 Amazon gift card. For every daily prompt, the Figment team will also choose one winning entry. Each of those five writers will receive a copy of Unbreak My Heart and a copy of Small Town Sinners.