Why do I host these challenges?
A few years ago, I wanted to develop a regular creative writing practice, but could never quite find the motivation. In 2014, I decided to host a 52 week flash fiction challenge – basically, I wanted (read: force myself) to write a story a week and decided that flash fiction would be support that goal. Over the course of that year, I developed a writing habit and found voices, characters and stories within myself I never knew existed. It was liberating and exciting! I made a connection with a writing community and many cool and creative folks. It was a really powerful experience for me.
Why flash fiction?
I just love the challenge of telling a story within a limited word count. Flash fiction aims to tell an entire story within a short work count – usually under 500 words. There is no set rule about the number of words. Some say under 400; others say up to a 1,000 words. It’s really up to you. I personally dig 500 words for no reason in particular.
I might be losing my mind, but I’ve decided to host another 52 Week Streak – that’s one entire year of flashing! It’s tons of work, but I’m up for the challenge. Who’s with me!
- 52 Week Streak – Starts January 1, 2019. Join by December 28, 2018.