It’s fun to be a writer for many reasons, but one of them is that there are so many paths you can take. There are numerous opportunities in both the nonfiction and fiction realms to branch out. In fiction, you can write a novel, which many of us do. But you can also write short stories (which I have yet to conquer) and even shorter stories called flash fiction. This is a genre of fiction composed of no more than 1000 words, though usually closer to 500 or fewer.
Recently, I’ve participated in flash fiction challenges with a friend of mine and they’re a blast! It’s nice to take a break from a big project like a novel and create a simple story in an afternoon or two. Well, what if that challenge included more than two people? Usually, my friend and I give each other a prompt and a word limit. Then we write to the same deadline. But could you imagine how much fun it would be to make that bigger?
My idea is this: I want to host a circular flash fiction challenge among several people. If you’d like to participate, comment below with your blog address. And don’t worry: if you don’t have a blog, you can still do it with us! I need you to comment, though. I’ll gather participants until Wednesday, at which time I’ll have a special blog post matching you each with a partner and laying out all the rules.
For now, here’s what you need to know:
- You’ll actually have two partners: one you’ll be creating a prompt for, and one you’re getting a prompt from. When the deadline’s up and you post your flash fiction on your blog (if you don’t have a blog but want to participate, I’ll figure that out for you.), you’ll then read both partners’ stories and give feedback.
- The prompts and entries may not be overly violent or contain profanity, nudity, etc. Be respectful of each other.
- If you’d like to invite other participants from among your followers, go for it! Just direct them here, and I’ll get them involved, too.
If you have any questions at all, feel free to ask them below. I’m really excited to do this challenge with all of you!