Flash Fiction is a great way to keep your writing brain in shape. It forces you to work fast, to streamline your story, and to let instinct be your guide. Most of all, it’s FUN! There are no rules! You can create a poem, a Short-Short, part of a script, or use it to start a new book or take your characters someplace totally different. It’s really, really cool to see how many different stories and styles can come from the same prompt.
It works like this; I post a prompt (it could be anything, but this week it’s going to be a picture) and you guys give yourself exactly 30 minutes to write something using it as inspiration.
You don’t have to limit yourself to 500 words when writing, just limit yourself to posting no more than 500 words of it when you’re finished. And don’t stress over this! It doesn’t have to be brilliant. Give yourself permission to go with it and see what you can do in 30 minutes – good, bad, or mediocre. We’ll work on the Honor System. You don’t have to drop everything and do it now, just give yourself the half hour at some point in the next couple of days. You won’t be sorry!
And as with Open Mic, please comment at least one other entry if you post something yourself.
Speaking of Open Mic, I totally #failed last week at commenting all of the posts. It’s gotten to be such a popular feature, and with multiple deadlines of my own, I’m realizing I just can’t always get to them all (though the earlier you post, the better the chance that I’ll get to yours since I read them in order). But I’m stull planning to read them and I really love the supportive mini-community of aspiring writers we’ve got going here. Thursdays has become one of my favorite days of the week (on my own blog!), and if you guys like Flashing (heh), we can maybe intersperse it with Open Mic now and then to mix it up.
Okay, in honor of Valentine’s Day on Sunday, here’s your prompt for this week! Have FUN!