Flash Fiction February FAQ

1. So what’s this all about then, eh?

Exactly what is says on the tin. February is coming up and I’ve thought for a while it would be interesting to write a new flash fiction story every day for an entire month. But then I figured, why should I have all the fun? (Well, besides the obvious fact that I’m completely awesome I mean.) So I’m inviting you along for the ride.

2. Okay, but what exactly is flash fiction?

Flash fiction is a form of short story with the specific limitation that the story must be told in less than one thousand words.

3. Sounds like fun! So what are the rules?

Well, rules sounds a bit harsh. Lets call them guidelines. The general idea is that you write one story for every day of the month.

You don’t have to write a story on every day of the month. You can skip a day and write two stories the next day. You can hammer out twenty-nine stories in a row on one glorious unhampered day of writing if that’s your style.

4. What happens if I fail?

Nothing. Well, maybe not nothing. I mean it’s possible you won’t be able to live with yourself as a human being, forever haunted by the knowledge you couldn’t do it, and that with your dying breath you will be filled with one singular burning regret: that you didn’t finish Flash Fiction February. But probably…nothing.

This is about challenging yourself. If you fail the challenge you have only yourself to answer to.

5. Why February?

Because I’m fundamentally lazy and February has fewer days than the rest of the months in the year.

6. Come on, admit it, you’re just into the alliteration aren’t you?

Okay fine, you caught me. But can you blame me? Does Flash Fiction October really have the same ring to it? No. No it does not.

7. Is there a minimum story length?

Nope. If you want to tell a story in a hundred words or in three sentences or by painting pictograms of your own design that is totally okay. I reiterate, this is a personal challenge. No prizes for completion, no penalties for failure. You set your own standards. No one is going to hunt you down and scream at you for doing it wrong. Probably.

8. What do I do with my stories when I’ve written them?

Again, this is all up to you. If you want you can post them to your blog as you write you can do that. Or you can them or keep them all to yourself. Personally I plan to post maybe one per week (assuming I have at least one per week that’s any good), because much more than that would overload my blog feed and I don’t want to turn away readers. But that’s just me.

9. This sounds like fun! How can I help?

By spreading the joy. If you blog, a short post explaining the concept of Flash Fiction February would spread the word far beyond the limited reach I can achieve as a single voice. Also, if you post updates on your progress or want to talk about the project on twitter use the #flashfictionfebruary hashtag.

Beyond that, just have fun: expand your horizons, fiddle with genre, push the limits of fiction without fear. Because if it doesn’t work out today, you can start all over again tommorow.

Good luck. And happy writing.

12 responses to “Flash Fiction February FAQ

  1. Sounds like a blast! I’m in. 🙂

    I guess we each come up with our own prompts, or find our own prompts . . ? Or maybe we could each post a list of prompts on our blogs on February 1, like a prompt-swap?

    • I was planning on doing a post on prompts in the near future. Actually, since you seem to be big into the flash fiction prompt “scene” I was considering tapping you for some ideas. Not that you have to have prompts to write flash fiction, but sometimes a shove in the right direction is helpful

      • Yeah I’m all into the prompts scene. lol Finding them, making them, prompting them. 🙂 So . . want me to shoot you a list? I was gonna put a list on my blog, but I can send the list to you instead. Either way. 🙂

      • How is about this: go ahead and put it up on your blog and then I’ll link to it from my blog. That way this isn’t just about me. Collaboration is the name of the game. It is also the name of Stanley L. Collaboration the Fourth, inventor of the self-replicating typewriter. True story.

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  7. Reblogged this on GU Creative Writing Society and commented:
    Look what I found out on the vast sea of the web! Someone else is doing the same challenge as us 😉 😉 Worth a wee read, and same rules apply – you are perfectly entitled to crack out all 28 (is it 29, I don’t know if we’re in a leap year or not!) pieces on the final day of the month – it is FLASH fiction after all 😉


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