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It's taken a few weeks but now I have a new writing schedule for both flash fiction and poetry that I'm hoping to keep to whilst I continue to develop longer works. Last year saw the demise of three competitions - Flash Friday, Micro Bookends and Three Line Thursday - around which my writing week had developed a solid structure. With these three gone, it meant I had to find a home elsewhere - I've come to enjoy flash fiction and my rediscovery of poetry too much to let it go. So now, if you want to know what I get up to when not working or doing family things this is my week/month:
Visual Verse - 50-500 words in response to an image, one hour to write. It can be poetry or fiction; I tend to use this platform to work on my poetry.
Guardian Poster Poems - poems in response to a word/poster.
Zeroflash - 300 words in response to a prompt. Slowly remembering to enter this one.
Micrcosmsfic - 100 words +/-10. Elements given or spin yourself a tale. 24hrs.
Adhoc fiction - 150 words, word prompt to be used. You have a week to respond.
Cracked Flash Fiction - 300 words and first line given. 24hrs.
Angry Hourglass Flash Frenzy - 360 words, 36 hours, picture prompt.
Janet Reid, literary agent, Flash Fiction Comp - 100 words with a list of words you must include in the story. I've only just started this one, tend to finish it on Sunday.
Micropoetry on twitter in response to given word prompt.
And around all this I've been tweaking my novel, a gothic horror, which has somehow crawled its way through the first reading round at Hodderscape. I now have to wait for more updates to see if I've got any further. This is why I need flash, to stop me dwelling on the waiting game.
A writer - I think that says it all.