Building a Habit with Flash Fiction

It’s hard getting back into the habit of writing when you haven’t done it in a long time. Before I got sick, I was working on a contemporary romance novel. I also have the outline for a mystery that I’ve been itching to write. But the idea of a novel right now is daunting. I want to get back to writing but I don’t want to dive into either of these novels.

Part of the reason is that I’m not sure what I want to write about. I always just assumed that I would write either romance or mystery fiction, or a combination of the two, since those two genres are what I read the most. But I also like horror, suspense, and historical fiction.

I have attempted multiple times to write a novel, but I’ve never come close to completing one. My current goal is to build up a daily writing habit. I want to work on stories that I know I will complete, and that is where flash fiction comes in.

For the rest of February I plan to write only flash fiction, focusing on 500-word stories. Months ago I started to take Holly Lisle’s free flash fiction class but never completed it. Hmm…never finishing things – that seems to be a recurring theme in my life. Anyway, starting today, I’m going to revisit this class and begin to build that daily writing habit.

Not only will flash fiction help me get into the habit of writing every day, but it will also help me figure out what I want to write about as well as get me into the habit of writing a story from beginning to end.

 

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2 thoughts on “Building a Habit with Flash Fiction

  1. That class is exactly what got me into writing on a regular schedule. Since I did it the first time (it took me two tries too), I have written almost 200 super short stories. I also bought many of Holly’s other classes because I love her style and those worksheets!

    Once you’re in the daily habit you can concentrate on writing a certain amount each day, whether that be word count or time. No one writes a novel in a day, but you can write a small piece of a novel in a day. Then the next piece, then the next. Eventually, you have the first draft.

    For me, writing flash gave me a sense of accomplishment, which my poor bruised ego needed. It helped me move on to writing one scene at a time and feeling the same way. I would rather pat myself on the back for finishing a part than feel intimidated by what’s left.

    Stay on track. As a fellow ‘starter but not a finisher’ I know you can do this. Keep your goals small and manageable and you’ll have that novel before you know it!

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    • Wow, 200 stories…That’s awesome Kristi! It’s nice to hear from someone who’s taken this class and had a positive outcome. That sense of accomplishment is what I’m looking to achieve. Thank you for your advice and words of encouragement!

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