Thursday, March 1, 2012

My Friday Fiction

I need to get back into the flow of writing regularly. And I don't mean the press releases or brochure copy I do every day for my "real" job. I mean creative writing, fictional writing, inspired writing.

So while I will aim to devote my weekends to working on my WIP, I've decided to challenge myself to write something -- anything -- during the week. Because my time is split between my work and my family, spare minutes or moments are all I pretty much have Monday through Friday. So I can't be writing a novel or anything. Instead, I'm going to write one flash fiction story each week.

For those not familiar with the term, flash fiction refers to writings that are between 300 to 1,000 words. I took a class on flash fiction writing several months ago though the Savvy Authors site. I loved it! I loved the idea of coming up with short stories that usually ended with a twist or punch line. And because the word count is so limited, I couldn't overthink the story or overwrite the characters.

There are many web sites and magazines devoted to the art of flash fiction writing. For me, it is simply a way to exercise my writing muscles each week so that they don't get rusty.

And so tomorrow -- Friday, March 2 -- I will launch a weekly feature on my blog that I'm calling "My Friday Fiction." Each Friday, I'll post an original flash fiction story for you to enjoy. Not only that, but I want this to be interactive. So I'll take up to 5 word suggestions from those who comment and use those words in my story for the following Friday.

I'll also promote the posts through Twitter and my new Facebook page and take word suggestions from readers on those site as well.

Now, another reason to look forward to Fridays...

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