As a writer, I find it crazy that I have never attempted flash fiction before. After participating in the NYC Midnight Flash Fiction competition this year, I am HOOKED! If you’ve never done it, I strongly recommend it as an amazing writing exercise.
For those of you unfamiliar, flash fiction is a teeny tiny story – the ones that I’m working on now are approximately 500 words! The challenge of being concise and creative enough to get a fully formed story into so few words is highly addictive. I’m also finding that it makes a great exercise to flex those creative muscles when you’re working on a larger project, like a novel. It’s like the lemon sorbet of writing. When holiday craziness is taking all of your brain power, it will help to keep you on track.
Because I’ve been pumping out these stories fairly regularly, I’m going to start featuring some of my favourites here. Keep an eye on my social media for links to these stories starting later this week, and hopefully you enjoy a quick, creepy story with your morning coffee (or your bedtime milk and cookies).
More often than not, these little snippets are giving me amazing ideas for expanded stories. Horror in particular works well with this medium; if you can write effectively, horror stories that pack a punch stay with you. Or traumatize you. However you want to look at it.
What about you fellow writers? How do you stay focused when you’re working on a larger project?
Stay tuned for more details!