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Thursday, 9 August 2012

100 Days Of Flash

Yesterday I wrote my 100th entry over at Son Of Flash 365. I'm not sure how that happened. I certainly don't feel like I've written 100 stories over the last 100 days. I'm also fairly sure that if I was to go back and read the stories I wouldn't remember having written many of them.

Now, admittedly, this isn't a huge achievement. The vast majority of these flash fictions have been little more than a couple of sentences. They're micro-fiction, really, and the bulk of them are more like images that I thought were cool rather than full stories. Vignettes, if you will. So, I feel like I've cheated a little. But at the same time, the point of the exercise was to produce a story a day for a year regardless of length or quality, and I've certainly done that.

Some of the stories I do remember writing, and I'm very fond of a couple of them. The one I think I like the most so far is either Gears - which is probably the longest story I've written in the last 100 days and also one of the stories that's had the least amount of views - or Sailor Tattoos, which appeared on the page almost exactly as it had existed in my head. I'm also quite fond of this one; I know it isn't very good, but it was fun to write and I think it's a bit of good cheesey Lovecraftian horror.

I may not be happy with all of the stories, but I'm very happy with the level of response they've been getting. Most of the stories get 20-30 views - which may not seem much, but it tells me that there are more people than just my parents reading these words I chuck down every night. And, more amazing (to me at least) is the fact that a couple of people have been commenting on a lot of the stories. Some of them seem to have really resonated with a couple of readers, and that has absolutely made the whole thing worthwhile. The reason I write is to evoke a response in people. If I'm managing that, even occasionally, then I feel like I can call myself a writer (even if it's only very quietly, to myself, when nobody is listening). So, thank you, from the bottom of my heart, to everybody who is reading these stories and especially to those people who have been commenting on them.

The next few months are going to get busy for me, I suspect. Later this month Jukepop Serials will begin serialising my steampunk adventure novel Beneath Stormy Skies, for which I'll be writing a chapter every two weeks or so. (The first two chapters are already written, but I intend to get into the spirit of this experiment with serialisation and write subsequent chapters the week they're published rather than writing the whole thing in advance.) I'll also be starting my second year of university, so I'll be doing a lot more writing for that as well. It should be fun, though, and I'm really looking forward to seeing what the next 100 days of Flash 365 bring.

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