I’ve been writing for decades now poetry and stories but what makes it more fun is sharing. I’ve been sharing prompts and linking to the sites that have them when writing poetry and have found it helpful. Not only do you write on your own site but it brings the other people participating to your site to read and critique your writing.
How Is Linking Helpful?
- Write on your own site
- Make your work known
- Bring others to your site
- Exchange ideas on stories
- Get comments on your work
- Get critiques of your work
- Learn new things about writing with each prompt
- Become a better writer
- Network and make new friends who write
How And Why Should I?
If you’ve never linked before it’s easy. There’s a gizmo on the prompt post that will be there for you to use to link. After you write about the prompt, you include a link back to the site the prompt was at. You link the URL of your write into the Linky gizmo and you’re linked!
Other people link too and on the due date, everyone goes back to the Linky following the links to people’s sites to read their write and leave a comment. In that comment, you can seriously critique or just tell someone how their work made you feel.
Not only is this fun it’s a great way to have something else to write about if you’re out of ideas. It’s also amazing to see how different people write about the same prompt.
A lesson can be given with each prompt or left up to you. A prompt can be a word list, a picture or anything that would inspire you. There may be a word count, subject to write about or writing style. The beauty of it all is you can participate when you choose to.
What Is Flash Fiction?
Flash Fiction is a story under 1,500 words. It’s part poetry, part narrative, flash fiction–also known as sudden fiction, postcard fiction, micro-fiction, short-short stories, and quick fiction—is a genre that is deceptively complex. At the same time, writing these short shorts can be incredibly rewarding.
Any writer worth their words will tell you it’s not easy to write and set up a short story. What do you put in it and what should you leave out? What do you leave up to the reader? When done right flash fiction can be amazing.
FYI, A 1,000-word story is about 40 pages double-spaced or 20 single-spaced.
What Do You Think?
There are many sites that offer prompts but I would like to offer one here each week on Friday. I was thinking of Fiction Friday to give us some time on the weekend to write, link and read.
You might think this takes a lot of time but if you already write daily one short story a week is nothing. Reading people’s stories and commenting is fun and as time goes on you’ll make friends and gain new readers.
If you have questions or are interested I need to hear from you in comments so I can plan this.
Thirteen Tips For Writing Flash Fiction
Because you took the time to read this (and it’s not a story) here are some good tips on video that tell us how to write an awesome short story.
I notice she says stay out of the slush pile by keeping flash fiction 500-1,000 words long. I do think the shorter the story the harder it is to write good short stories but like haiku, not everything is written in stone.
What do you think?
Let Me Hear From You!
Although I have many people following me it’s a quiet group that I never hear from which is different from my other sites. It’s hard to tell what my readers are thinking when I get no comments. Do you like my work? Which stories do you like? What should I write more of that you’d like to hear? Does my work suck? ;^p
Maybe you can tell me why you don’t leave comments? My settings shouldn’t make you put in very much info when leaving a comment. Can I make it easier? Let’s talk!