Time to cool down the stovetop and warm up your keyboard! To continue with our intentions to stay flexible and improvise, I’m challenging myself to craft something from words. I very much enjoyed a few literary hours at Lighthouse Writers tonight, attending my first Friday 500 event with Angela. The theme tonight was flash fiction. We learned that flash fiction doesn’t need to be written quickly, but the final product should be brief (we listened to examples that ranged from 25 to 1000 words) and powerful. One of the discussion leaders talked about writing a story using 1000 words, then cutting his word count in half, then in half again. As you can imagine, if you cut a story to 250 words, you have to be meticulous in your word choices, the way you structure your sentences, and the devices you choose to move the narrative forward.
My challenge to you, should you choose to accept it, is to write a flash fiction piece, 500 words or less, with an overarching “Foodie” theme. Even if you don’t consider yourself a writer, why not try something new? I can’t offer you a fabulous prize for your winning entry, just the satisfaction that comes from flexing your brain cells. If you decide to take the challenge, and you’re brave enough to share, you can send your Foodie 500 to projectflip180 at gmail dot com.
Now go write!