55 Word Fiction

Believe it or not, I’m beginning to think that its easier to write a 55 word story than a 150 word story since there is no room for embellishments that will lead to overwriting… With the return of the 55 word challenge I’m discovering a whole new world of  writing that befits my ‘sparse style’ as one friend […]

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Flash Friday – Destroyer of Words

This week, I’ll share my FlashFriday entry – and just tell you that the word count bounced from 175 to 195… hovered at 159 for a while before going back up to 165 and finally ending at 151. The prompt: The challenge element: Coming of age. My inspiration: I took one glance at the mirror […]

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May 12, 2014

Confessions of a Flash Fiction Addict

Flash fiction contests can do a lot for writers, but it should come with an addiction warning. We’re coming up on the anniversary of my first submission to FlashFriday, and my first honorable mention.   I went from writing sagas to writing not just short stories but… really short stories in no time flat. What […]

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May 7, 2014

FlashFriday: Re-imaging a story

Today’s prompt at FlashFriday  was particularly uninspiring for me, I did have a beginning line, but I had no idea what to do with it.  This time, rather than take you through the revision process in detail, I’m going to present the two versions of the story I wrote. The prompt:   Did I pick the […]

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Flash Fiction – a Matter of Opinion

It’s hard to believe that it’s been almost a year since I started entering flash fiction competitions but I’ve learned a lot in that year: the most important lesson I think is to trust your instincts and don’t get too hung up on the judging: focus on the story. Sure, winning is great (and addictive) […]

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Awake

Here I am, up way too early.  So what do I do? I write about it… It’s weird.  since I’ve started judging flash fiction, I’ve been less inclined to write it.  The thing is, it’s not some secret ‘I’ve seen behind the curtain’ kind of thing.  It’s more a case of being too judgmental of […]

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February 17, 2014

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Flash Friday Vol.2 -1 Adventures in Judging

FlashFriday just celebrated its anniversary last week, and this week marks the start of a new year and a new judging cycle… only this quarter: I’m a judge. Friday arrived and I did what I do every Friday since I discovered FlashFriday  (http://flashfriday.wordpress.com/) I waited until after midnight to look at the picture before going […]

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FlashFriday Flash-Versary

This week, FlashFriday (FlashFriday@wordpress.com) is doing something different – a special celebration of their first annivesary, their flashversary… 350  words (exactly ) and the prompt was posted on Monday.   I thought this would be so much easier: one story, 350 words and 5 days to write it.  The only problem was… I ended up […]

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December 7, 2013

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Flash!Friday #49

Little did I know how addictive these things could get.  A short work, less than 500 words…  no long term commitment… what’s not to love? This week’s prompt: The kicker:  150 words, exactly. Bottleneck The battle had raged for hours, but the small defensive force had brought the invading army to a halt. For three […]

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November 11, 2013

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