• Micro Fiction Challenge: Dilettante

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    Dilettante is our word of the week here at the WriteByNight Micro Fiction Club, and it is defined as “a person who takes up an art, activity, or subject merely for amusement, especially in a desultory or superficial way; dabbler.”

    As usual, your task is to create a 25-word or less piece of fiction using the word. And beginning this week, we’re going to start giving away prizes to each week’s winner. WBN goodies like trial memberships, and freebies like free books and lit mags. So now that something’s at stake, dig down deep and wow us. As usual, extra points for making us laugh.

    Keep your story to 25 words or less, include the word “dilettante,” leave it in the comments section below, click “Notify” to keep abreast of your competition, and feel free to use a pseudonym if you’re shy.

    We’ll announce this week’s winner in this space next Tuesday, and we’ll give a shout-out to our favorites on Facebook and Twitter.

    So get crackin’, my non-dilettantes.

    Last week’s winner goes by “CR,” for the following story using “fey”:

    She was different. The gang of her tormentors hated how she ignored their bullyism. In fey – looking past them, oblivious, into another preferred existence.

    Congratulations, CR! You have won an immense amount of pride, and the joy of being the last person to win our Micro Fiction Challenge before we started giving away prizes. Woot!



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    In the beginning she was a dilettante. In the middle she was a generalist. In the end she was put on medication.

    Laura Roberts

    Dani the delectable dilettante discussed Dabny’s disgusting dependency, deciding drugs and decay didn’t do. Derring-do demanded decency. Dani delivered.

    Hal McVee

    For sale: dilettante’s painting, never shown.


    The love of chocolate kept the dilettante confectioner’s hopes alive. This year, she would win the blue ribbon. Unfortunately, the judges immediate death proved otherwise.


    In Haiku form:
    Constantly alone
    Driving men away in droves
    Expert dilettante

    Jake Reilly

    The dilettante finished the first line of his new novel, put his pen down, and turned on the TV. Time for American Idol. More dilettantes.

    Christopher Newland

    Twitter. The dilettante’s chosen format for fictive political forays. Also, porn.

    Dana Carpenter

    They sat in a semicircle of dilettantes, exchanging hobbies like the recipes they never intended to make. Oh, the joys of being a housewife.


    The dilettante reached for his sword, paused, then let his hand fall. Shrugging, he turned around. The dragon wasn’t important. A drink was.


    I’m playing with this dilettante challenge. My cat just jumped on my desk, the little ninja calico. Let’s see…dilettante…. Now she’s attacking my computer mouse.

    Ava Love

    She feigned a superficial interest in grammar, acted a literary dilettante. Secretly, she slipped into bed passionately clutching a well-worn copy of Strunk and White.


    Dilettante in my drug use in my younger years, now I pierce a needle through my flesh every day, in hopes that the medication takes.

    Ric Williams

    as if a dilettante
    were any less
    likely to
    stumble into
    the palace of
    wisdom he kept
    a parakeet in his mouth
    like chewing gum


    Flitting, he browsed, touching each scented colourful beauty, granting each a precious fleeting moment, ‘You dilettante!’ they cried and the butterfly floated away, wings flashing.


    When they left, I felt as if I had lost my arms. I was so sad that I lost my appetite .Al-Maghrabi then flew to Manila to look for two other Filipino wrekros to replace the ones who had left. Previously, he had tried wrekros of different nationalities but they did not impress him. There is no comparison between Filipinos and others , he says. Whenever I see Filipinos working in the Kingdom, I wonder what our life would be without them.Saudi Arabia has the largest number of Filipino wrekros 1,019,577 outside the Philippines. In 2006 alone, the Kingdom recruited… Read more »

    Linda Nathaniel

    “Dilettante, makes me sound rather impressive. Maybe I could change my name. Hi, I’m Dilettante and you are?”

    […] Last week, a good many of you non-dilettantes stepped up to the plate and gave us some great stories. Choosing a winner was extra tough this time around. Among our favorites were Hal’s “For sale: dilettante’s painting, never shown,” Laura’s alliterative awesomeness, past winner Ava Love’s reference to Strunk & White, and, of course, Jo’s haiku. […]

    Silver Cade

    When it’s wisdom you need I am no font
    Of the things I have tried the mem’ries haunt
    As a dilettante
    There’s one thing can I say
    You can’t ask such work of a dilettante!

    Silver Cade

    Rats! Guess I found this after the deadline.

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