Friday, April 30, 2010

I can't write long

Nicola Morgan is running a Flash Fiction Competition over at her Wasted blog. This time the prize isn't chocolate, it's a copy of any of her books and she'll also publicise some of the best flash stories.

I thought I'd have a go at it. The challenge is to write a story in up to 50 words on the theme of Chance, Luck or Fate.

I managed twenty words and it's a complete story. Not a good one, but a whole one. What is it with me that I can't write long stories? What's worse is that usually when I edit I end up with something shorter, as I said the other day. Maybe I need to start again with a longer story and edit it down.

Will you be going in for the flash competition? You only need to write 50 words.


Old Kitty said...

Oh fairyhedgehog!

Writing a cmplete story in so few words is truly an art form. I've got this wonderful book called "mini-sagas" a compilation of 50 word stories from a competition the daily telegraph ran a few years back and the stories particularly the winner is amazing!

And I envy anyone able to convey a whole story in so few words.
It is a very, very, very difficult thing to do.

So well done you!

take care

Amie McCracken said...

I'm like that too. My short stories tend to turn into flash fiction. And my novels into short stories. It makes me sad sometimes. But like Old Kitty said, we should be happy about it in situations like this!

fairyhedgehog said...

Kitty, I'm not sure how effective the stories I write are! That book sounds interesting.

Amie, I'm glad I'm not the only one!

Whirlochre said...

Thanks for this.

It's got my word glands going...

fairyhedgehog said...

Whirl, I hope that's a good feeling!

Bernita said...

Know what you mean.
I write lean too.

fairyhedgehog said...

Bernita, I had the problem even at school. I got marked down for homework but it was very useful during exams!

Kate said...

Ooh I love these!

fairyhedgehog said...

Kate, go for it!

Ana Goncalves said...

Dear fairyhedgehog,

Well done for entering the competition, and I am sure this will be taken as an experience.

No matter how long it is, you created something and that is what counts.

It is wonderful to be back on your blog, and I hope you are well.

I may enter the competition just for fun.

Have a wonderful bank holiday monday.

fairyhedgehog said...

Hi Ana, I haven't entered yet but I've got till 15th June!

I love the look of your blog.

Ana Goncalves said...

Brilliant, do let me know how you get on and whether you add any new words. :) You still have a chance to.

Thank you so much for the kind comment and for visiting.

Look forward to connecting with you further.

fairyhedgehog said...

Ana, I'll do my best.

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