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Monday, 5 December 2016

Writing 30 flashes in 30 days

At the beginning of November I set out my challenge to write 30 pieces of flash fiction in 30 days - my own mini version of NaNoWriMo. What I hadn't thought through was having to come up with 30 unique story ideas, that was the real challenge. Well reader, I did it. Now I have 30 new flash stories to work on or even expand into longer pieces. I'm very happy with that. As you can see the whole experience has wiped out LitPig ...
And for all the obsessives amongst you here are the stats:
30 flash stories completed, a total of 7,560 words
Smallest = 11 words
Longest = 1,000 words
1 competition win: Write Invite 'Off the grid' (12 November), read it here
1 story on Paragraph Planet 'Backstroke' (75 words)
3 stories longlisted (to date) on Ad Hoc Fiction
9 other stories submitted to competitions/open windows, including: Tears in the Fence, The A3 Review, Blink Ink magazine, 1000 words challenge, Just Write, Retreat West ...
3 drabbles (100 words exactly) ready for Reader's Digest 100 word story competition

December I'll be working on some of these flash stories and taking time out to catch up on reading. Currently, I'm enjoying Melanie Whipman's new collection Llama Sutra. I hope she'll be on the blog in the New Year to talk about her writing and the collection.

Did you set yourself a NaNoWriMo writing challenge for November? How did you get on?

13 comments:

  1. Well done, Tracy. I should have a couple of days off, now!

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    1. Thanks, Julia! Yes, I definitely will :)

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  2. A story in 11 words - how is that even possible! Your flash challenge was a brilliant achievement.

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    1. Ah well remember Hemingway wrote a 6 word story, Wendy. It was a fun challenge too:)

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  3. That's an amazing achievement, Tracy and congratulations on your successes. What a lovely stock to have ready for more competitions and also maybe some to expand as well. xxx

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    1. Thanks, Joanna. It does feel good to suddenly have 30 new stories to play with!

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  4. Also, LitPig has deserved a rest, but now November is over, it's probably time to get crackling...

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  5. Congratulations, Tracy:). An amazing achievement.

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  6. Brilliant achievement, Tracy - well done on the successes! I haven't done any challenges (even my own) but I did get my new book out!

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  7. What a brilliant idea, Tracy. Good luck with expanding them. I once did a new first line every day for 100 days. I don't think many of them turned into full-blown stories.

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    1. I like the challenge of a new first line every day, Keith. Would be interesting to also try a last line - then try to join them up.

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    2. Another good idea, Tracy. I might try that.

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