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I signed up on faith, hoping I could work it out. April was going to be a really hectic month for me since on March 27th, my husband was getting a double knee replacement. I already knew about the scheduling capabilities of Blogger and was counting on getting most of my blogs written and scheduled in advance.
The first thing I did was start a text document where I listed the letters, A to Z, down one side. Then as a word came to mind, I'd add it. There was no rhyme or reason to the words I chose other than when I picked Closed, I immediately added Open.
I had participated in several flash fiction challenges that used a photo for inspiration. I had discovered that this really helped my creative flow so I headed over to MorgueFile.com where I selected a photo or two for each word.
Now it was time to think about a theme. One of the tips I had read was to keep the blog short. Since they anticipated over 1500 blogs signed up, blog length could be an important factor in keeping readers returning for more.
Once again, flash fiction jumped out at me since I was really enjoyed the tight writing it required. I had written several entries for Lillie McFerrin's Five Sentence Fiction [ Exquisite - Hunger - Clandestine - Radiance - Nineteen ]. But I knew that trying to write my stories in five sentences would really create stress in such a timed environment. So I upped my sentence maximum to ten. Thus the 10 by 10 was born....a max of ten sentences with a minimum of 100 words.
You'd think that would be good enough. Not when I read a pre-A to Z post by Damyanti looking for story starter prompts. After reading her previous year entries, which she had compiled into a book, I knew two things. One, I needed to submit some ideas for her A-Z and two, I needed to solicit some prompts for my stories. BTW, she chose mine for A, H and Z. Hope you'll take time to read her amazing stories for all the letters!
Thus was born my first A to Z flash fiction themed stories. I really enjoyed writing them, almost as much as I enjoyed reading other entries in the challenge.