So you saw me do the 30 Day Flash Fiction Challenge and you’re feeling like you want to give it a try too. Good for you. I think we can always use more short fiction in the world and one of the best ways to improve your writing is to write … a lot … Every. Single. Day. To be honest, before the challenge I hadn’t been doing that at all. That’s why it came about. It was a way to whip my lazy behind into shape. It worked. If you want to establish the habit of writing fiction this challenge is a good place to start. Here are some things I learned along the way.
I’m very much influenced by what other people are doing. Constantly looking around at what everyone else is doing to see what I should do is my weakness. Most writers I read about wake up early and write in the morning. I’ve tried to force myself to do that too. It doesn’t work for me. In the morning, I write garbage mostly. Waking up too early makes my brain hurt. I’m useless in the morning, but after dinner, once the rest of the day is out of the way writing is a breeze. It stops being torture and starts being magic. [Read more…]