August 31 Day Flash Fiction Challenge
When I was living in New York and officially transitioning from being an actor to a writer I was exhilarated and terrified of taking on this new adventure in general, but also concerned about how I would get the experience I felt I needed. I had been blogging a little bit at that point, and always writing down story ideas and bits of conversation, but I was hungry for something more.
That “more” came in the form of weekly online Flash Fiction competitions I found through Twitter. While each hosting site had its own rules, it generally worked like this:
In the morning a picture would be posted on the site, you had 24, or sometimes 48, hours to write a story within that time limit, and within a limited amount of words. That’s the “flash” part of the fiction, that it’s written in a short period of time and in a short amount of words.
Sometimes you also had to include a certain phrase, or a kind of character, etc.
These competitions helped me hone my storytelling skills, but more than that they also introduced me to a community of like-minded writers, friends who I actually felt happy for their wins and publications, even in the face of my losses!
I was honored to be a part of a group of flash fiction writers called The Flashdogs, and was honored to be included in their publishing adventures. The last collection to which I contributed was published February of 2016, well over a year ago.
Since then my writing focus has turned to primarily book reviews and other nonfiction content, and November’s NaNoWriMo adventure, dedicated to a longer story. (AKA the idea that has spawned at this point four different half-finished novels)
Out of a desire to be writing more fiction on a regular basis without it taking too much time away from my other projects, to also help get those imaginative juices primed in anticipation of this November’s NaNoWriMo, and to hopefully find both accountability and friendship with other writers through social media, I will be hosting a 31 days of Flash Fiction challenge!
There is a lot of positive change that can come free doing something that sometimes feels difficult, or even uncomfortable, but there should always be room for being human. If you can only do, or only want to do a handful of these challenges, and not the full 31 days, you don’t need my permission to it that way, but I’m going to outright give you that permission anyway.
One daily writing challenge I tasked myself with last year fell apart within days once my father was in the hospital. Sometimes my writer brain just doesn’t want to turn on.
Some things you encourage yourself to move past and do the work anyway, and some things require you be kind to yourself.
If you want to strive to hit all 31 challenges I will cheer you on! If not, I’ll be excited for you anyway!
Each day, from August 1- August 31, there will be a new post here in the Writing section at 7 am EDT.
The post will include a picture prompt and a maximum number of words. Additional challenges may be added on certain days.
You have 24 hours to write your piece and share it. You can share by leaving a link to your work in the comments for that day’s picture, or if you don’t have a blog, or social media platform you feel is suitable to the challenge, please feel free to post the story itself in the comments. (I use Disqus for my comments, which gives you the option to sign in via Disqus, Facebook, Twitter, or Google.) Each day I will post my own story within the 24 hour period, under the picture prompt.
My goal here is not only accountability, but to offer all of us the opportunity to enjoy each other’s work. Cheerleading is encouraged, unsolicited critiques are not.
If you do share about the challenge on social media, use #31Fic
I will be using royalty free stock photos for the image prompts, if you are a photographer and would like one of your images to be included (with attribution) feel free to email me and I may use it.
That should be it!
If you have any questions don't hesitate to ask, otherwise I'll see you here on Tuesday!