Thursday, August 5, 2010

Writing Every Day

Writing every day is one of those things that writers are always told to do, in lists of things that writers should do if they want to be successful. Or good, for that matter, which as I'm sure you know, is frequently not the same thing at all.

I've never been particularly good at it. I get days when I write so much and so intensely that I forget to eat, that I would probably forget to breathe if it wasn't automatic. And then there are other days I can't write a thing - I could stare at the laptop or a page all day, and fail to get a single meaningful or otherwise word down.

All the same, I figured it was worth a try, at least once. So for the month of August (handy timing, as I'll be back to study in another month) I'm participating in 24/7 by Folded Word. The challenge is to write something every day. There are prompts which we can choose to use or ignore, and there are several types of writing:

-Twitter fiction (up to 140 characters)
-Micro fiction (40-100 words)
-Flash fiction (101-500 words)
-Twitter poetry (up to 140 characters)
-Prose poems (up to 100 words)
-Short poetry of any form (up to 8 lines).

So far I've written 2 micro fictions, 2 twitter fictions, and a twitter poem. As yet I haven't used any of the prompts, and my pieces have been pretty varied regarding genres. I may post some of them here at some stage, but not yet!

Now, to see if I can write anything else today...a twitfic is very short, after all!


() said...

Are you going to publish these "fictions"?

At least the twitter ones.. ;-)

Joleen said...

Some of them certainly! I'll probably submit the longer ones to magazines and websites, but some of the twitter ones should find their way into your feed after a while ;-)

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