There are many articles out there on the Interwebs about writing, but I did read an interesting article in the Guardian about writing Flash Fiction. I'll share the main points.
- Start in the middle.
- Don't use too many characters.
- Make sure that the ending isn't at the end.
- Sweat your title.
- Make your last line ring like a bell.
- Write long, then go short.
I particularly like the first one, as I often try to add too much back story, gradually building the pace. That's fine in a novel, but doesn't fit well within a constraint of 1000 words. This week I'll give you a choice of starting lines, but remember to try to hit the ground running. Pick a random line. 1000 words. Due next Friday, February 8. Noonish EST.
- "Do you ever think we should just stop doing this?"
- Detroit had been without aliens for years.
- "If you leave now, you get nothing."
- With sadness, she realised they needed some time apart.
- I have two things on my mind: rice and zombies.
- "You were meant to be watching him!"