Wednesday, June 20, 2012

New Project: Friday Flash Fiction

So I had a stupid idea for a writing project. Taking a page from Jonathan Coulton's career, I've decided that for the next year or so, I'm going to post a bit of flash fiction every week. Flash fiction (not to be confused with slash fiction) is not formally defined anywhere, but a useful guideline would be the submission rules for 365 Tomorrows, which defines Flash as anything shorter than 600 words. I'll use that as a target with no minimum and a hard cap of 1,000 words.

Now, 600 words is pretty damned short, when you think about it (for reference, this post is in the neighborhood of 400). Furthermore, it's not a mode I'm used to writing in. Seriously. I tried to write something short the other day and it still came out to 1,500 words. So this is as much an exercise for me as it is anything else. I'm not going to submit it anywhere, I'm not going to send it to my writing groups, I'm just going to post it here. Maybe after a while I'll collect it all and self-pub an ebook, but for now I'm committing it to the ephemerality of the web.

So what are the rules? It needs to be original (no fan-fiction), although I reserve the right to return to cross-pollinate characters and settings and MacGuffins from within this project. That is to say, fun stories may get revisited, but I promise not to do that too often. Stories should have a beginning, a middle, and an end. They need to meet the length criteria I've posted above. They need to post no later than 8:00 am Central every Friday, and they should have at least some entertainment value.

I'll start this experiment this week and we'll see how it goes. Maybe it will fizzle and die after a month, but I find that giving myself arbitrary goals is a decent motivation, and I need to get back in the habit of writing on a quasi-regular basis. I encourage any other prospective writers to join me in this. It could be fun.

See you Friday,


PS - Oh yeah, I want your help. I need titles. Give me a word or phrase or just something that sounds cool, and I'll try to write a story for it. Sound like a plan? Good. Post title suggestions in the comments. Thanks.

No comments: