Today’s the last day to vote on the Flash Fiction Friday characters, so if you haven’t already done so, jump over here and make your choice. A clear winner (loser?) has emerged as the antagonist, but it’s a dead heat for the good guy/gal. Currently there’s a tie, so someone needs to step up and cast the deciding vote!
Any rollerbladers out there? Not me. The last time I wore skates you needed a metal key to tighten them around your tennis shoes. I can still remember the jarring sensations that shot through my body every time the solid steel wheels hit the slightest bump or hole.
Of course, if there’d been something like this around when I was a kid, it might have been different!
Flash Fiction Fridays is a new section of the website that will be running most weeks (probably on Fridays since the title would be confusing otherwise).
For those of you who may not know, flash fiction is a style of writing extremely brief stories. There’s no hard rule, but generally speaking it’s less than a thousand words, often far less. It’s challenging to communicate a story in so few words, and that’s part of the fun of it. It also helps build writing and editing skills since every word must be chosen carefully.
Enjoy this video of a typical internet fight. Anonymous people arguing with other anonymous people. Us versus them. Seemingly divided by so much…
Maybe we ought to spend more time focusing on the things that unite us. Whatcha think?
Have you ever had an internet argument?
The more I write, the more I learn about writing. There are three types of fiction writers: plotters, pantsers, and somewhere in-between.
A plotter likes to have everything figured out before they start writing their novel. The characters are assigned their roles, the scenes are set up, and the major plot points established. That’s not to say a plotter doesn’t have flexibility. Changes can be made to the WIP (work-in-progress) when tweaks are needed. Sometimes a character just won’t behave no matter how hard the author tries.