As posted on Facebook by Edward Frank.
There are a number of writing challenges out there. One of the most prominent is the NaNoWriMo The National Novel Writing Month, held each November for writers to dive into the task of completing a novel in one month with the encouragement and challenge of others participating in the event. I am going to do a similar event here, only with flash fiction with the goal is to write a story of at least 500 words every night for thirty days.
Genre: Fantasy and Science Fiction
There are only two goals: 1) Any story you write must be a minimum of 500 words. 2) You are to complete 30 stories by the end of the month. I don’t care if you do a full short story, flash fiction, or even a vignette, write a new story of 500 words every day. Even the busiest of people can find time to squeeze in 500 words, even me! If you miss a night keep going. There isn’t a prize for winners except for completing the task itself. If you only write twenty stories in a month, that is still a worthwhile push of creativity that you have accomplished.
This can be a source of inspiration, a chance to grow your skills, a chance to write that old-time western vampire dinosaur story you always wanted to try. Try writing different genres, or write all the stories in one setting as a prelude to a longer work. Just write – 30 stories in 30 days. Blog about it, and talk about your successes and failures. You are encouraged to post links to these blogs to the 30 Day Challenge Event Page. If you don’t want to post your stories online – post a word count every day to show your progress and to encourage others.
Some of you know we’re working on creating a TV series based on my novel Cassandra’s Castle. The Pilot is near finished but what if I use this challenge to write a synopsis for each of the episodes?
That’s my plan! Let me know what you think! I would love input.