Tomorrow is #FridayFiction!
#FridayFiction is a flash fiction workshop that runs every week on Twitter from 3 - 6 p.m. PST, facilitated by Richard Hugo House. Each week, we pick a theme and create a story based off of that theme. We share it with the community of #fridayfiction writers by using the tag in our tweets. You can contribute more than one story. You can use the same character in every story, or multiple characters. The important thing is that your story, with the tag #FridayFiction, not exceed the 140 character limit that Twitter sets.
Why do we do this?
Flash fiction gives us a chance to re-examine our language in a way that we normally wouldn’t be able to do. The confines of the tweet force us to think of different ways of saying something, finding the word that communicates the biggest idea in the shortest way, and using Twitter allows us to find other writers on social media.
For more on why we write flash fiction and use Twitter to do it, read “Exercises in Brevity” on our website.
Last week’s #FridayFiction was canceled because, well, I had no power, no internet and was more occupied with the tragic purge of my warm refridgerator than I was with anything else.
The week before, however, was themed “Mystery” (I was watching the new Sherlock episodes, so yeah, little glimpse into how I choose these prompts).
Click on the pictures above to see an expanded view of the stories our amazing community of writers shared with us during our last #FridayFiction.
This week’s prompt is “Grief”.
Grieving centralizes on us losing something. It can be a person, but it can also be a way of life. A job. The loss of a hope or goal that you had. It can be the death of a family member or the loss of a friendship. There’s not a litmus test for what grief is the most powerful, because when we’re stuck in the midst of it, all grief feels the most powerful.
Write a story with your character standing at the edge of that black hole.
What has your character lost?
What will your character do now that he or she has experienced that loss?
Experiment with POV, different characters, and write more than one story! Writing within the confines of a tweet is difficult, but it gets you into an incredible mindset. Find the right words to create the mood, the plot and convey character in as short a way as you can.
Also, try and interact with the community! Every week, a lot of amazing writers gather together and share their stories. These people don’t just offer up great stories, they are great people to follow throughout the rest of the week as well. Being on Twitter is all about curating the conversation you want to be apart of and this is a great way to meet people who love being creative.
Hope to see you and your flash fiction on Friday afternoon!