Back at the end of May I blogged about a new idea doing the rounds called Fiction Friday. The idea was to have people write a short piece of flash fiction (less than 1,000 words) and post it on their blog. They would subsequently Tweet the link on Twitter, with the hashtag #fictionfriday, and people could follow that hashtag and watch the community. Readers would get a batch of new fiction every week and writers would get a chance to showcase their skills to a wider audience.
Well, I was planning to get involved, but life got in the way and I didn’t do anything about it. How often have we heard that story? Now I’m planning to get on board again. The idea has evolved. It’s now under the hashtag of #fridayflash (which I think is much better), has a burgeoning community and a Facebook page.
The rules of the idea are pretty much the same. The founder of the concept, J M Strother, wrote an explanatory piece on Editor Unleashed today, so have a look at that for a clear rundown of what’s involved. A writers’ board that I’ve been a part of for some time is closing down and I’m using that as an opportunity to shift my flash focus. That board had monthly flash fiction contests (you can find some of my placed entries on the Dark Shorts page here). As that board is closing we’ve just had the last competition. My last entry there, which shared a joint first place, is going to be my first entry in #fridayflash.
I really enjoy flash fiction and often write pieces that I try to sell or have traditionally published. I think this concept will be a good exercise in writing and connecting with readers, so I plan to get in on this idea too. Watch this space tomorrow for a brand new flash fiction piece and we’ll see how this thing goes. If you’re a writer, why not get on board as well? If you’re a reader, enjoy the flash and comment on people’s blogs, at Facebook or at Twitter to let them know that you’re reading and what you think of their work.
Anyone else going to get involved?