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    The Flash Fortnight - the Flash Fiction forum challenge!

    The Flash Fortnight - the Flash Fiction forum challenge!



    Find yourself slacking? Procrastination winning out over motivation? Then this is the challenge for you!

    Every month, we will be holding a writing challenge in the Flash Fiction forum. It is open to everyone.

    The aim of this challenge is to help you get into the habit of writing stories regularly: stories that can then be polished and submitted for publication while the challenge is not running.

    This is how it will work.

    The challenge will run for one fortnight (14 consecutive days) each month. Each morning during the challenge, I'll post a prompt to help you spark some ideas. This will either be a generic prompt or one that is tailored to an upcoming themed issue of a specified flash fiction market. You don't have to use the prompt; it will just be there in case you need or want one.

    What you do: Take the prompt (or not), and write a flash fiction story (of up to 1000 words) each day.

    At the end of the 14 days, you will have a bunch of stories in front of you. Not all of them will necessarily be worth polishing and submitting - but some will be. Pick whichever ones you think hold the most promise, spend some time polishing them - and then send them out.

    You can use the challenge as you like. You might want to take the opportunity some days to stretch yourself with a new style or genre, or just write something highly silly for fun. Or you could focus on one target market, and write several stories that would fit its submission guidelines.

    When you've polished your stories, you can post them in the Polished and Ready sub-forum, if you wish, for critique.

    If you don't manage to get a story draft written every day, don't worry about it. Start again the next day - which could turn out to be the best day ever. You can do it!


    Links to the challenge threads and prompts:







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    This sounds like quite a challenge... but also tons of fun.
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    Oh I'm anxious to try this. But not until June? Don'tcha wanna start early? There's still more than 14 days left of May. heh
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    I did originally want to start in May, but because I missed the first of the month, I thought I'd push the start back. But you're right - there's no reason not to start mid-month! So if people are ready, I'll get the prompts sorted out, and make an announcement that the challenge will start on the 15th.

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    That would suit me dandy and thank you for considering it I don't, of course, know about other peoples.
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    Yay! That sounds great.


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    I'm keen, too. Might not be able to write stories every day of the fourteen, but there can never be too many prompts!

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    [camps in the forum, ready for June]
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    The first draft is a huge pile of clay that you've laboriously heaped on your table, patting it into a rough shape as you go along. From the second draft onward, you'll cut away chunks, add bits, pat and punch and pinch, until you finally have a gorgeous figure of, oh, Marcus Aurelius. Or a duck. But a damn fine duck.
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    Ooh, I'm excited about this!

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    It sounds so cool, but I'm lost, how do we know who won???
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    Hi bmadsen!

    The challenge isn't a contest, so there's no winner as such. If you end up writing more stories than you would normally write, then that would count as a win for yourself.

    We have a couple of people this month who are on target to write 14 stories - that's certainly something to celebrate.

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    Oh, isn't that something. That sounds cool. I'm up for that, sometimes I need that kick to get things started.
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    Last day in May...everyone geared up for June? Here is hoping for success for everyone...keep writing.
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    geared up and ready to go......but I'm going to do a little personal twist. A friend of mine's got reader's block. Every story I write, she reads.
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    BTW, Jill Karg, that is a cool sig.
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    Jill Karg and bmadsen - the next challenge will begin on June 15th. If you'd like to work on stories in the meantime, you might like to take a look at the thread for the May challenge. The prompts that were used for each day are available there, and you're welcome to use any of them.

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    Sounds fair, i'll use those as a guide! thanks!
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    Hi everyone,

    The Flash Fortnight is going to take a little break during November and December (for NaNoWriMo and holidays, respectively), but it will return in January. I hope you've enjoyed the challenges this year, and that the break will leave you refreshed and ready to participate anew in 2012.

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    Thanks, Sophia. This challenge has been great for me. I've got loads of stories, sketches and ideas from it.


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    Thanks, Sophia. Though I haven't completed a FFF challenge yet, I have enjoyed the prompts and will try anew in January!

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    As a new member and new writer this is exciting! I just finished my first short story today and am invigorated to keep going and create more.

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    That's great, Trying2Write! Welcome, and best of luck!

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    flash fiction

    hello I'm having a lot of fun with this-will be waiting to see what happens next!

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    I've been gone for about 1.5 years and was really happy when I saw this thread today. But it seems like this stops this time of the year. Maybe it could be a weekly thing instead of a daily one?
    Writing is a fun hobby, I am not trying to sell my work. I like writing Fiction and non-Fiction that is less than 5k words (most are less than 1k words).

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