Hey Storyboarders! For those of our listeners/readers/followers (however few they may be) who haven't caught on, Darren and I are writing a flash fiction piece a day (1,000 words or less) in 2013. We will both have 365 stories, and 365,000 words worth of work done by December 31st. This Sunday marks the beginning of the second week of our challenge, which means that we have successfully completed the first week of the new year. Below, you can take a gander at our thoughts and musings over the effort so far.
I've been excited about this challenge since the day that Darren and I fully conceived it on Episode 10 of the podcast, and that excitement isn't showing any signs of waning. So far, I've written the story of Kayla, who struggles with her faith while trapped in rubble after an earthquake. I've also recounted the unfortunate tale of two friends who fall prey to a misplaced octopus. I most enjoyed penning the tales of The greek Furies, re-imagined as African-American women in the 21st century. This week kicks off with Dana Daniel's revenge against her adulterous husband and with Robert, the waste management worker who spelunks in haunted tunnels.
I've taken a page out of Darren's book and chosen to write many entries ahead of time, in order to stay ahead of the curve. It turns out that's the key to success. I've also learned that one can do a lot in 1,000 words, if they write succinctly and deliberately, and say only what's most important. Learning this lesson has already improved my writing.
All that being said, I'm out of ideas! I now find myself reading desperately for little nuggets I can glean or perusing the "Weird News" section of Huffington Post for inspiration. I don't know how I'm going to come up with 359 more story ideas, but, a soldier must soldier on! Onward with the challenge!
I've been looking forward to displaying some ongoing writing projects. This off the cuff project involves a lot of time and effort from us on a consistent basis. It's not as easy as it sounds, even for two people used to writing on a daily basis.
A week in I can say that I'm as excited as ever to be producing ideas on a daily basis. The original plan that I had in mind was to write in spurts, front loading the queue with available flash fiction so that when the inevitable time comes that I'm bogged down with work and life I'll have some in the bag. That plan is still steaming ahead.
Jelani and I are planning to compile these stories into larger books to sell on Amazon. You can freely read all the flash fiction that you wish up till the running two weeks of stories for now. I will be implementing an archiving system so that you can read past the two week deadline in a few days.
I'm back to writing.