I follow a great blog by Dan Allatore; fellow author an an all-around inspiring blogger.  His writing advice is great. Dan posted a flash fiction challenge based on two randomly-generated things: a character and an emotion.  The goal: to write 500 words that convincingly show the random character expressing the emotion generated. 

I have never done flash fiction challenges before. Sure, I’ve had ideas pop into my head and then I scratched about 5,000 – 8,000 words of what read like “automatic writing”, or psycic writing in some circles.  It was a flow. No organized plot planning. Just rough sketches, really.

Here is what my random character was:

A helpful 62 year-old man, who comes from a wealthy background, lives in a social housing scheme and tends to cry a lot.

Okay, I think I can work with that.  The random emotion: paranoia.  Very interesting.  I am not really familiar with the term ‘social housing scheme’, but my mind vibes scream shared apartment, hostel…basically little privacy, plenty of drama.

I only have a couple days to get to convincing, but the challenge for me will be to edit down to 500 words of really solid text.

I invite you to join me if interested in testing your writing chops.  Feel free to leave a comment if you decide this sounds right up your alley.  To get the two random items:

1.  Go to the following link to get your character info.

http://writingexercises.co.uk/character.php

2.  Go to the following link to get your emotion, choosing a number between 1 and 41.

http://www.mathgoodies.com/calculators/random_no_custom.my ml

3.  Limit yourself to 500 words that convinces a reader that your random character really feels the emotion that was selected.

4. Feel free to share it with me, your readers, friends or colleagues.  If you share with me, do so by leaving a comment below (but please keep all 500 words at a PG rating).  If it is R-rated, please don’t post it in comments but share, instead, how the process went for you and what random character and emotion you wrote about.

I thank Dan for the chance to delve into my first writing goal of 2016.

I will be posting my 500 words here, on my blog, in a couple days.

Happy New Year

C

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2 thoughts on “Flash Fiction: Giving It A Go

  1. The challenges attack different aspect of writing in different people. For some, it’s the creative aspect. For others it’s brevity. I never thought much about the short nature of the challenge bringing more difficulty, but it does. I’ll be looking forward to what you come up with!

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