Back in a flash?

I used to post flash once a week. There’s a group being organized that’ll post flash fiction on Fridays. (Not a new idea — Twitter has a #FlashFriday tag, and Chuck Wendig periodically does flash challenges on Fridays.) I’m trying to decide whether to join in.

Do you like reading fiction in a blog? Does it encourage you to read more? Or would you rather see other types of posts?

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  1. Every now and then a bit of a flash is a good thing … πŸ˜€

  2. I used to post every week for a group called #FridayFlash, but I haven’t lately. I found that I couldn’t write both flash and novel length stories at the same time. My brain short circuited. πŸ™‚

    • Hmm. I *think* I can do it, but there’s only one way to find out, right? Thanks for chiming in!

  3. Sometimes I find I have to force myself to read it, but I generally always enjoy it. I think you should totally go for it, simply to get in the habit. And then when you end up with a salable piece you can post, “I wrote but it ran off to the publishers before I could post it!” πŸ™‚

    • Heh. Given your April project, I’m not surprised you voted this way! πŸ˜€

      Actually, I’ve been toying with putting together an e-book compilation of 101 flash pieces. I have probably half that already, counting all the drabbles I wrote last October. Some have been published, some have gone up here, others I just have sitting around. This would help me add more to my total.

      And I love your idea of occasionally submitting to publishers instead. Good point!

  4. I like flash fiction because of how busy I am, it doesn’t take much time to read it before having to do the mommy stuff I do. πŸ™‚

  5. I have been thinking about the same group. It does seem to generate readers but it also distracts e from my main writing projects. If I were wrting more each day I’d do it, but given the hour and a bit I have each day, I can’t squeeze it in.

    So my question to you is: how much of your writing time are you willing to devote to the flash peces?

    • Alex, you’ve put your finger on my hesitation. I’m working on achieving a workable schedule that allows me to work on a new novel, get older stuff up for sale, and do enough freelance work that I’m nit stressing over the bills. It’s very much still a work in progress. (And, per my post on static vs. dynamic balance, it fluctuates depending on deadlines and other things that come up — like my son’s upcoming two weeks of band camp.)

      Recently, Tobias Buckell posted about his work habits, and it gave me a lot to think about — I may be posting some thoughts soon on time management, work flow, schedules, and new attempts.

      Anyway, I’m going to try the flash, with the realization that I probably won’t manage every week — and a commitment to examine how it’s affecting my writing on other projects (say after 6 weeks). If it’s not working for me, I’ll stop then.

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