For the month of May I participate in a story a day challenge. I write 1 piece of flash fiction that has a beginning, middle, and end. It is important for the piece to be finished. Each time I do a a challenge like this I add another layer of experimentation. I have used a visual each day, or an object, or a theme. This past May I chose to freewrite for 10 minutes first and then write my story.
My Freewrite rules based on Natalie Goldberg’s:
- Keep your hand moving.
- Handwrite with a nice pen.
- Set the timer for 10 minutes.
- Let go and write what comes. In other words, don’t try to control too much.
- Remember the prompt doesn’t matter.