This last Writer’s Group session, it was another Shut Up and Write week. I am having a short break before I continue on with the Out of the Dark story, so went back to one of the unfinished Word Blurt stories we had done as a writing exercise one night. During the week I had read some blogs on Flash Fiction. Now Flash Fiction can range from less than 250 words to 1,000 words, there is no real set definition. I thought whilst reading these blogs, it would be a great idea to revist some of these works and finish them off. The art of writing Flash Fiction is a tough one. You have to make very word count and get right to the point of the story.
Out of the five stories I had on my hard drive from these Word Blurts and Writing Prompt ideas, I chose one to finish off. It was already at around 300 words when I started and wrote to around 1,300. I then started the challenge of making every word count and cutting the number of words down to under 1,000. The story now sits at 995.
With having finished this story off, at least in a first draft mode. With that now completed, I have set myself a challenge to write a short story each month up to a maximum of 1,000 words for each one. The Shut Up and Write sessions will be the ideal time to undertake this challenge.
In other news, the Out of the Dark story has been sent out to some beta-readers. Hoping to hear back from them soon so I can continued with the rewrites and eventually submit the story for the anthology.