Well, I’m on day 13 of this flash fiction challenge now, so I thought a little reflection might be in order.
Prior to starting this blog I’d written exactly four pieces of flash fiction. I wrote the first one after seeing Calum Kerr (http://www.calumkerr.co.uk/) deliver a fantastic and enthusiastic talk about FF where he read a few of his wonderful pieces, some of which were funny, some melancholy, and some – let’s be honest – just downright strange.
I loved all of it. I was inspired! So I sat down to write a flash fiction of my own.
And it was crap. Really.
So for a while, I put that idea on the backburner. A month or so later I went to a book festival and was told about a flash fiction competition. This, I thought, was my chance to try again and write something vaguely half decent. I ended up writing three flash fictions, one of which was ok and two of which were actually pretty alright. Hurrah!
Then, as a further challenge to myself, I decided to start a blog and publish a new piece of FF every day. How’s it going? Well, ok I think.
I’ve written a few pieces that I really like, some that are just okay, but nothing – I hope – truly mind-bogglingly awful. My main problem so far seems to be trying to say too much; either tackling a subject that is too big or covering too long a time period, or writing what is really a slightly condensed short story rather than a flash fiction. And I’m a bit of a drama queen.
But I’ve only been truly stuck once, although now I’ve said that I will expect to be weeping into my keyboard at midnight tomorrow, tumbleweed scuffing gently through my imaginative mind. If that happens, perhaps I should write about tumbleweed…
Anyway, the point is, I’m still learning how to write flash fiction. The practice I’m getting from this blog will help immensely. And my other plan, to streamline my FF skills, is to
steal other people’s ideas read other people’s work and see how they do it. See if I can figure out even just one or two key ingredients that make a great flash fiction.
I’ll let you know what I find out, and in the meantime, I’ll just keep trucking.