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Vocal+Assist's December Prompt

A "Hallmark" story

By River JoyPublished 3 months ago β€’ Updated 3 months ago β€’ 2 min read
Top Story - December 2023
Vocal+Assist's December Prompt
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The Vocal+Assist group has a new prompt for you! This prompt will go from today (12/1) until the 14th of December.

It's that time of year again! Everyone's settling down and getting ready to spend time with their families all over the world! Every family has different traditions surrounding this time of year, one of my mothers favorite traditions is watching Hallmark movies. All. Of. Them.

I walk in to a different Hallmark Christmas movie for almost two months straight, I'm not a fan. So I thought what would make these fairly repetitive stories more interesting?

If you're not familiar with the formula typically a pretty woman (or man) who moved away to the big city and forgot the meaning of Christmas has to go home for the holidays. When they go home for they run into an old flame from high school or college or what have you (they may or may not already be dating someone terrible in the city). Then there's something urgent like a bake sale or a small business about to go under and the old flame helps the jaded city slicker see the true meaning of Christmas. They usually end up ditching the boyfriend or girlfriend from the city and decide that living in their home town with their old flame is the answer. There now you never have to watch one.

What's the challenge you might be asking? We want you to write a story in this style but with a twist! See what you can do with this extremely formulaic system and turn it on its head. The stories are a bit cheesey and the stakes are not that high, but that gives you, the writer lots of room to play around.

This is not exclusive to Christmas stories, as long as it follows the formula, happens in the winter, and has a twist it qualifies! Everyone has different experiences surrounding this time of year so draw from your own traditions.

The rules!

1. Please make the piece 600-900 words

2. The subtitle should include "Vocal+Assist December Prompt", mention at the beginning of the story that it is for the Vocal+Assist Facebook group (also if you're not there come join us!)

3. The story can be entered in the fiction, horror, or poetry communities

4. Comment back on this post with your link!

5. Have fun with this one! We decided to stick with a prompt for the December! It's a stressful time of year.

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About the Creator

River Joy

I make things with paint and words and light. I was once described as an asshole with Mr. Rogers vibes.


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  • Bobby Brown2 months ago

    also check this out juicy one

  • Kalina Bethany2 months ago

    Better late than never! A frantic edit this morning was deleted by a faulty keyboard click this on Vocal... here's this evening's edited version

  • Novel Allen3 months ago
  • Tiffany Gordon 3 months ago

    ❀ Congrats on your TOP STORY River!!

  • This is my Hallmark story... hope it fits the criteria!!! 😎

  • D. A. Ratliff3 months ago

    What a fun prompt! Here is my "Hallmark" entry!

  • Lamar Wiggins3 months ago

    I tried my best to stay under the word count lol. Thanks for the prompt, Enjoy.

  • J. Otis Haas3 months ago

    I don’t have much social media presence, but here’s my take on this great prompt

  • PJ Watts3 months ago

    Hi - just joined. This is my first attempt.

  • Natasja Rose3 months ago

    Pity this prompt didn't come out last month...

  • Karissa E.L. Cuff3 months ago

    lovely challenge idea!!

  • Novel Allen3 months ago

    Hallmark, ugh. I tried as much sappy stuff as I could. Ha ha ha. Here is what i got.

  • Tressa Rose3 months ago

    Here is mine... slightly went over the word count... lol

  • Naveed 3 months ago

    Trific work! Keep it goingβ€”congratulations!πŸ’–

  • DEUXQANE3 months ago

    Well, if I wasn't averse enough towards hallmark movies, I've definitely reached my peak. But, why not take a shot at what I don't enjoy and see what happens? Hahahaha!

  • Lamar Wiggins3 months ago

    Awesome! Time to put on the ole' thinkin cap. And congrats to you and Vocal+Assist for your consistently great prompts... and top stories! πŸ’–

  • Rene Peters3 months ago

    I don't think I'll be able to do it but it's a great prompt! Congrats on top story too!

  • Novel Allen3 months ago

    I stay far away from Hallmark Movies, Ugh, so soapy. I wonder if I could swing one though. I love a challenge. Congrats on an interesting TS.

  • Phil Flannery3 months ago

    Will you yell at me if I suggest Die Hard is the ultimate Hallmark movie with a twist. Wife moves to other side of country, for her dream job. Macho cop, can't leave his backlog of cases and lets her leave with the kids. He thinks he's being the bigger person by going to her at Christmas. Gunshots. Explosions. Severus Snape falls off the Nakatomi Plaza, big kiss reunion, and everybody shoots the German guy who won't die easy. Oh well I can't submit that one, but I will try to think of something more original. Hey wasn't the first Lethal Weapon set at Christmas. That was twisted. Have a great Christmas.

  • This is a clever idea. I am looking forward to the entries!

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