Flashing

Posted by on May 23, 2011 in General Chaos, Word of the Day | 4 comments

I wrote a piece of flash fiction over the weekend for an anthology taking submissions on KindleBoards. Generally, this form is considered to be any piece of fiction under 1000 words, though some markets constrain the requirements further. I’ve never been much for writing short stories, I think mostly because I tried to use my own ideas and I always want to expand on them until the story no longer fit within the confining word counts. Since someone else provided the seed for this one, it was easier for me to shape that idea into a bite-sized morsel of story than usual.

This story, titled “Love in a Time of Bunnies,” presented a nice writing challenge for me. It’s a humorous romance, which is not at all something I usually write. Building story and character arc in such a small space forced me to make the most out of every word. Interestingly enough, I had a lot of fun doing it! So much fun that I think I’m going to try to write a piece of flash fiction a week and post it up here. It will be interesting to see the evolution of my writing as time goes on and also to find out if this becomes a joy or a trial. This week’s flash is courtesy of an idea from my husband about a magic system involving bugs. That’s all I’m going to tell you for now.

To pull this off long-term I’m going to need a bunch of writing prompts, because I don’t trust myself to keep the stuff in my head under 1k words. I found a site that offers a prompt a week called Flash Fiction Friday which I’ll be trying a few of no doubt, but I’m open to other ideas. Do you know a site with writing prompts that you like?


Ryan’s Word of the Day is phlegmatic, which describes a person of calm or stoic demeanor.

4 Comments

  1. A flash fiction story each week sounds like an interesting challenge. Here is a daily prompt site for ideas: http://www.thewriteprompts.com/

    • Thanks for the link! I’m pretty excited about the challenge I’ve set myself. I’m going to try to focus on different things in each story. The one I just posted concentrated more on developing the magic than anything else. I think next week’s will focus on character.

  2. Got a few ideas for you:
    http://www.postsecret.com/ Good prompts.
    http://www.fmylife.com/ Great opening scenes or flash stories.
    http://coyotecult.com/tools/randomwordgenerator.php Use every word, or use the words to build your concept.

    • Thanks for the links! I love that random word generator. Clever!

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