2018 Flash Fiction Writing Challenge, not hosted by me!

I’m joining Said Bree’s 2018 Flash Fiction Challenge! She’s releasing the first prompt on Dec. 19, so we can get a head start on the writing. I’m excited to be part of this, as well as just being a participant, which lets me focus completely on the story!

If your looking for a new writing challenge this year, look no further!


Said Bree

Okay, so it’s down to the wire. Only 4 more days until the virtual unveiling of my flash fiction challenge. However, the closer it gets, the more stressed I get. I’m worried that I won’t be able to live up to the commitment. It’s a somewhat daunting task knowing that for the next solid year, come rain or shine, I will be in charge of making sure things go smoothly. I guess I will just have to do my best and hope that those who follow me on this journey will allow some wiggle room for a first-timer.

I’m hoping it will force me to break out of my rut. I spend so much time thinking about what I can write about instead of just writing. I think a lot of us writers do that. We think too hard instead of just writing. For me, I could be staring at…

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