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Writing: Flash Fiction Challenges Begin


Writing FictionI like memes and I like writing, put them together and you get me waffling about writing. Writing fiction. Writing fiction with pictures! Huzzah! Every now and again I’ll be sharing something involved with writing.

Keep an eye out for the other memes I’ve created in order to get myself blogging regularly – Editing Updates, Motley Monday, Workout Wednesday, Fucked up Friday, Music Monday, Foodie Friday, and What’s New Wednesday.


I mentioned in my NaNo post how a writing group has come from the experience. We’re still sorting out details and putting it together, but it is taking shape. One of the things we’re going to have are flash fiction challenges.

I love reading flash fiction, but I’m not very good at writing it. I have the firm belief, if you can make a story out of the most mundane daily experiences readable, then you can make just about anything readable. So too with flash fiction, except maybe not the mundane, but more about tightness and plot.

If you can create a full story within a certain amount of words, then why shouldn’t you be able to create a full story with more room in a novel? Maybe that’s my backwards thinking and it’s not really like that. I don’t see why it can’t be. Flash fiction helps you to tighten your stories by forcing you to use the most succinct words possible in the shortest form possible.

Surely this can be helpful to longer lengths of writing?

I’m excited nonetheless, and kind of nervous. I’m not good with deadlines. Sure, my NaNo wins say otherwise, but deadlines outside of personal set ones and NaNo are stressful for me and something I’ve never been good at achieving. This is another aspect of Flash Fiction challenges I believe will be helpful. It will force those, like myself, to learn to cope with deadlines.

It’s not a prerequisite to share, but the option is there, and I am considering sharing them here for everyone to read. After several thousand edits, plenty of self-doubt, and reconsideration of course. I might just force myself. Who knows?

The first challenge is already underway and ends on the 26th of December. The prompt, thanks to Nancy Stohlman (I’m horribly abstract with prompts), is ’Write a story with something transforming into something else’ to paraphrase. I’m taking this as either an object or more abstract.

I’m going to go back to writing now, maybe have a session of self-doubt, and then going for a bike ride sounds like a great idea. I wonder why I never make deadlines?


Author: Bonnie

Between a blogging addiction, hosting reading challenges, reviewing, writing novels, and overcoming a neuro-immune disease, Bonnie attempts to do as many awesome things as she can and has a good dose of daily bunny cuddles. She resides in Western Sydney with her rabbit, Winston.

2 thoughts on “Writing: Flash Fiction Challenges Begin

  1. Sounds really interesting, might eveb try it myself. Do post them here!

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