A Short List for Short Stories

I’ve been plugging along with building up my writing habit. I’m still not writing every day, but I’ve written more in the past couple of weeks than I have in a long time, so progress is being made.

The flash fiction class that I took went pretty well. I now have a better understanding of how to structure a short story. The stories that I worked on for the class were good practice. Not very good fiction, but good practice nonetheless. Recently, I finished up a story of about 800 words that I’m pretty happy with. It’s only the first draft, so I’m going to set it aside for a week or two, go back and polish it up and submit it for publication. In the meantime, I’m going to brainstorm ideas for my next story.

Over the weekend, I started wondering about where to submit flash fiction and longer short stories for publication, so I did a Google search and came up with a few places to consider. Here’s a short list for short stories:

Not every story I write is good enough for submitting, but for those that I think have promise, it’s nice to know there are publications that pay for short fiction.

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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.