Monday, March 19, 2018

Theme Reveal - #AtoZChallenge

Today is THEME REVEAL day! As I stated earlier, I planned on writing flash fiction. Last time I had length restrictions, this time I won't.

But this time I chose two words for each story. They must be mentioned in the telling but they don't have to be the key to the tale.

How did I chose the words? First I brought up a noun list for each letter, then averted my eyes, scrolled the mouse down, stopped and double-clicked. That was the word! The second word was chosen the same way but from a dictionary list of words.

As in my first A to Z challenge, I then searched sites like Pixabay, Unsplash and Morguefile for photos to spark some inspiration. I found some good ones - I know they are good when I look at them and the opening sentence to the story comes immediately to mind.

Final note, why am I doing this? Why am I spending time writing these stories for free, when I could be writing another book? It's simple. I want to find the joy in writing again AND I want to stretch my creativity. Flash fiction does both! I hope this intrigues you enough to follow along.

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Monday, March 5, 2018

It's Official! #AtoZChallenge

It's official - I joined the master list today for the 2018 A to Z Challenge. Phew! Excited and terrified. I haven't written any flash fiction in four or five years.

Thursday, March 1, 2018

The Annual Dilemma - #AtoZChallenge

It's that time of year again. Time to make a decision on whether I will participate in the annual April A to Z Challenge. I've done it several times, last year I did it based upon the travels we have taken [selections from my personal blog].

I had planned on taking at least a six month hiatus from writing, time to catch up on some reading (my Kindle is so full I can't download any new books!).

So why am I considering doing this again? Flash fiction - I loved writing it and I miss it. It was were I started my current writing journey and I feel a need to write more of it.

Now the challenge is to choose MY challenge. A theme isn't required but I find I do better with one. My first April A to Z Challenge was flash fiction. I used a theme of A to Z in 10 by 10 and all my stories are now published on Amazon under that title.

 BOOK: A to Z in 10 by 10

26 letters in the alphabet provide the start of 26 flash fiction stories. Each story was written based upon a word and a photo used for inspiration. That's the A to Z.
The 10 by 10 refers to the story length. Each story was written in no more than ten sentences but with a minimum of 100 words (10x10=100).
Some tell a sweet tale, some have unexpected twists, some leaving you wanting more and some, well that's up to you!
I don't think I want to be quite as restrictive this time but I do want to keep each story short. And how do I chose my words? Previously, I just wrote down the first word that came to mind and wrote a story using it. Last year it was all about the places we have traveled to and visited.

I'll have to think on to suggestions, thoughts and ideas!