Sunday, September 11, 2011
Flash Fiction is Fun! And I learned something...
How much fun was this week’s flash fiction challenge for the Platform Building Campaign? 200 words was the biggest challenge for me. My first draft was 648 words. So, yeah, a teensy little bit of editing was required. And it was hell. I really had to work hard to cull the last fifty words, but I’m glad that I did it. It forced me to strip the story down to the bare bones. I tore through my writing like a razor gang, and what I learned will become one of my new rules for writing:
Cull every unnecessary word.
This isn’t a new rule, of course. It’s only new for me. Until I had a word limit that forced me to try harder, I just assumed every word I wrote was necessary. Now I know better!
In other news, my entire extended family is in China for the next three weeks. Instead of seeing this as an opportunity to wallow in abject loneliness, I’m using it as an opportunity to write for three whole weeks with no familial obligations hanging over my head. All I have to do is keep this jade plant alive for my nephew Tom:
In other, other news, I’ll be drawing the winner of Possum Magic in a few days. If you want to enter, leave a comment letting me know either here, or on the original post here. I will be using a random number generator (bits of paper in a hat) to pick a winner.
So, what’s everyone else up to this week?
And what did you learn from the flash fiction challenge?