My Favorite #fridayflash Author Links
This is something I’ve been meaning to do for awhile now. I’m linking to the blogs of some of my favorite #fridayflash authors. Their names appear in bold linked to their blogs, and their italicized Twitter aliases link to their Twitterstreams. I apologize if I leave anyone out. There are so many great writers out there, it’s hard to pick just a few of my favorites.
JM Strothers (jmstro)– The man who started it all. It was his brilliant idea to start #fridayflash on Twitter, where authors could link to their short flash stories every Friday and boost visits to their blogs. In addition to posting a weekly ‘#fridayflash report’ on his Mad Utopia blog, he also writes professionally and manages to post his own engaging, amusing stories. Some have a twist, some are humorous, but all leave you with a smile.
Laura Eno (lauraeno)– Her weekly contributions to #fridayflash always seem to have a humorous dark streak, something to throw you off your guard. Even if you’re looking for a twist, you’re still surprised in the end.
Alan Baxter (AlanBaxter)– He intermittently post excellent flash stories on his blog ‘The Word’ as well as commentary on almost anything. He’s also published the novels RealmShift and MageSign.
Angie Capozello (Techtigger) – I look forward every week to her stories about Nox and Grimm, 2 supernatural characters that always manage to get into trouble. While the characters seem to be a series, each short can be read on its own, and they’re always entertaining.
Jeff Posey (AnasaziStories)– He always has an interesting, usually bittersweet, story to tell, and almost all his stories have a moral or at least leave you thinking for quite awhile. Many of them have the feeling of a fable that’s been told many times.
PJ Kaiser (Doublelattemama)- Every week she posts something sweet and/or thought provoking. She also blogs about fertility issues and contributes to Metropolista.
And those are all the authors I’m going to list for now, though I can honestly say that I have yet to read a #fridayflash that wasn’t either well written or engaging. Thank you to everyone who participates, readers and authors alike.
*I’ve been reviewed!
I realize that my #fridayflash has been read and reviewed/commented on in the comments section underneath each story, but this is the first time anyone has reviewed my work on a separate site. I’m a bit excited about it. Thanks, valdary!
If you are interested, there are reviews of 3 #fridayflash stories altogether. The reviews can be found here, and my story ‘Where there be Dragons’ is here.
*My Personal Accountability
During Nanowrimo, I started blogging regularly about my writing progress to hold myself accountable for my personal writing goals. It worked so well, I’m continuing the practice. The theory behind this is simply that if I make a public announcement of my goals, I’ll be terribly embarrassed if I don’t succeed. So…failure is no longer an option.
It worked well enough for my Nanowrimo novel, ‘Mortal Coil: The Afterlife and Times of William Shakespeare,’ but unfortunately it doesn’t work as well when I’m editing. That’s my big confession. I’ve tried several strategies, but when it comes to longer fiction I’ve yet to find one I’m comfortable with.
My best writing’s done when I’m under pressure with an impending deadline. My three Nanowrimo novels were all on schedule with time to spare, yet my edits of those same novels take forever. I’ve listened to podcasts and read about editing, tried reading through and editing after, attempted chapter by chapter edits, line edits, editing for grammar and story consistency separately… It’s just difficult for me to pin down what works best. My only problem editing my short stories lies in the fact that I keep tweaking them until the very last minute. Editing longer works just throws me.
My first children’s novel, ‘The Wonderfully Exciting and Awesome Adventures of Monkeyboy,’ I finished editing twice, but I’m still unhappy with it. It was my very first attempt at writing anything fictional at all, so I pretty much broke every rule. I info dumped, ran chapter long descriptions of settings… you name it. I’m considering doing a 3rd rewrite of the whole thing.
My second rough draft novel, ‘The Crimefighter’s Club,’ I have yet to finish editing once. I love the story, but every time I try to tackle editing the book I get overwhelmed. I was told to read through the entire thing once before doing a thorough edit, but the typos and grammatical mistakes make it impossible for me to get past more than a couple chapters. I’m considering just forgetting about reading it first and editing each chapter (or even each line) as I go.
For my third rough draft novel, I decided to ignore all the advice I’d read about waiting at least a month. I started the edit in December. With holidays and some #fridayflash stories I was itching to write, I only went through part of the first week of a month long editing process I’d read about. So far, this one seems the most systematic and promising.
I’ve tried to write short fiction while editing my longer work, but I’ve found that I just CAN’T do it. I can’t. It’s really difficult to get into a story (short or long) and then try to forget it so I can get into another story. I know that other authors can do it, but for whatever reason I just can’t. There. I admit it.
So, this is the writing and editing schedule I’ve devised for myself for the next couple months. I plan on skipping the #fridayflash story I wanted to finish this week because (as the first ‘Back to school/work’ week) it’s just too hectic. I have too much personal stuff going on, but I still plan to read the stories and comment. Each following Friday of January, I will post a flash story. In February, I will follow the predetermined schedule I read about and complete my first edit of ‘Mortal Coil’ by Midnight on the 28th. I WILL DO THIS. Then, in March, I will pick up with my #fridayflash stories again.
Friday, January 8, 2010: No #fridayflash post, but will read and comment on stories throughout the weekend.
Friday, January 15, 2010: Will post #fridayflash story.
Friday, January 22, 2010: Will post #fridayflash story.
Friday, January 29, 2010: Will post #fridayflash story and prepare over weekend to start editing ‘Mortal Coil.’
Monday, February 1, 2010: Begin edit of ‘Mortal Coil.’
Sunday, February 28, 2010 (Midnight): Finish 1st complete edit of ‘Mortal Coil.’
I welcome your comments and suggestions. Until next time, wish me luck, and Keep writing!