Monday, June 6, 2011

First EVER Flash Fiction Challenge

Hi guys! Today begins the first flash fiction challenge I've ever had the privilege of hosting. You might be wondering what the heck is flash fiction? Will it explode? The answer to that is, heavens, NO! Flash fiction is a 1,000 word short story or scene that is written in no more than an hour. And yes, it can be less than 1,000 words. Just not more. I've laid out all the rules for you under the challenge instructions tab, and the prompt and further instructions are on the flash fiction challenge tab.

Now, before you start freaking out and run away screaming from my blog, you need to know this isn't as hard as it seems. I used to say I could never write short fiction. All my short stories turn into novels, and my novels into series. And they still do! But I've gotten some great story idea starts from flash fiction. It's a great exercise because it shuts down the editor. You don't have time to listen to that pessimistic critic because you've only got an hour to write. It lets your creative brain just fly and teaches you how to let her.

Now, the biggest challenge for all you perfectionists out there is the no editing rule. That's right, I said no editing-unless you type super, super fast and can get your thousand words done and have time left over to edit within the hour. When the hour is up, you're done. Kaput, Finished. You're on your honor with this, but please be honest so it will be fair to all the other players.

Again, don't be scared. Try it. Life is all about trying new things and seeing what fits, right? Give this one a chance and you might have just found a new way to spark your creativity.

I can't wait to see what you come up with!

5 comments:

L.T. Elliot said...

You're up to lots of fun things! I'm very excited for you!

Melissa Lemon said...

I think I'll give it a try.

Rebecca said...

Sounds like fun! I may give this a shot.

James Blevins said...

Thanks so much, Karen, for doing this. I needed the emotional release. Plus, I had an immense amount of fun. I can't wait to see what everyone comes up with!

Karen Hoover said...

It has been a blast! I can't wait to see who wins this round. There are some really awesome stories. :D It's a great emotional release for me too, James. No expectations. Just a fun challenge.