Seeing as how I am newly arrived on the fiction scene, I am looking for ways to tighten up my skills and grow my support and communication network. I’ve never done flash fiction and frankly I find the whole concept a little intimidating. But since I often seem to perform well under pressure in other areas of my life, I figure it is time to dive in!
And to make it really interesting, I thought it might be fun to create friendly contest of sorts around it. So here’s what I’m thinking – we’ll create OOFF – Object-Oriented Flash Fiction. Every week (or two weeks or two months) we select a random object…a shoe, a chair, a dock.
Each participant must then write a flash fiction story that he/she submits or posts online. We grab a few unbiased other writer friends for judges and they pick a winner who gets something really special (Amazon gift card, free copy of one of the participant’s novels, etc.) The real treat is of course to practice our writing skills and build our community of peers in the process.
Yes, I know there are already established Flash Fiction competitions all over the place. But I’d like to use this to build connections and relationships with other writers rather than a byline. If you’re interested in participating, let me know. This is all collaborative and I am very open to the ground rules we establish.
What’s the minimum amount of people needed to make it fun? How long/short should the stories be? How often should we do it? What else is necessary to make this fun AND useful? Who’s with me?