Carrot Ranch #FlashFiction Challenge October 14: Serendipity

 This post was written in response to Charli Mills Flash Fiction Challenge over at Carrot Ranch


October 14, 2015 prompt: In 99 words (no more, no less) write a story that reveals or explores a moment of serendipity. How did it come about? What did it lead to? You can express a character’s view of the moment or on serendipity in general. Use the element of surprise or show how it is unexpected or accidentally good.

For those of you who recognize, serendipity has been a prompt before. What can I say, but I like its magic! And it is never the same gift.

Respond by October 20, 2015 to be included in the weekly compilation. Rules are here. All writers are welcome!


Everyone hopes for a lucky break, and many believe it will happen quite by chance. Others think they can nudge luck, just a bit, and force a lucky break.

Many successful people will tell us they were in the right place at the right time. Charlie suggests ‘serendipity is the gift we find accidentally when we make a choice or life chooses a course of action for us.’ But suppose there is no chance event, because one of the parts has planned for the event to take place, would it still be serendipity?

For example, imagine an author waiting for a lucky break, can he or she force a chance happening that will change his/her career forever?  In other words, can the happy accident be provoked or do we have to sit and wait for it to happen?

Marketing for self-published authors can be exasperating. The desperate author in this tongue-in-cheek flash fiction thinks he can fish for his lucky break. Do you agree?


Planning My Lucky Break

‘You’ve bought five hundred copies of your novel and left them lying around London?’

‘Strategically placed.’

‘Where would that be?’

‘On the underground, buses, theatres, museums, coffee shops, wine bars…’

‘That’s your marketing campaign?’

‘It is.’

‘But will anyone read them?’

‘Everyone likes books, especially commuters, art lovers, and people who drink wine and coffee.’

‘The question is, will you ever sell your books?’

‘It just takes one influential person to read it, love it, and spread the word. Just one.’ 

‘And if that one influential person doesn’t find it?’

‘Then I’ll buy another 500 and do it again.’




Read some of the other responses to this week’s prompt here.