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Today is #FridayFiction!

#FridayFiction is a flash fiction workshop that runs every week on Twitter from 3 - 6 p.m. PST, facilitated by Richard Hugo House. Each week, we pick a theme and create a story based off of that theme. We share it with the community of #fridayfiction writers by using the tag in our tweets. You can contribute more than one story. You can use the same character in every story, or multiple characters. The important thing is that your story, with the tag #FridayFiction, not exceed the 140 character limit that Twitter sets.

Why do we do this?

Flash fiction gives us a chance to re-examine our language in a way that we normally wouldn’t be able to do. The confines of the tweet force us to think of different ways of saying something, finding the word that communicates the biggest idea in the shortest way, and using Twitter allows us to find other writers on social media.

For more on why we write flash fiction and use Twitter to do it, read “Exercises in Brevity” on our website.

Last week’s story prompt was “Dreams”, in honor of the New Year. Click on the pictures above to see an expanded view of the stories our amazing community of writers shared with us last week.

This week’s story prompt is “Mystery”. Honestly, this prompt idea came to my husband and I after a week of watching the two latest Sherlock episodes. Anyone else notice that Moriarty is some amazing kind of cheerful, evil, hipster muppet?

Mystery should be an amazing prompt for us to explore within the short space we have in our tweets. You have to set up the scene, but allow enough room for the turn at the end that will suck us in. Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to create a story that is, in itself, complete and yet leaves us messaging you, desperate for more.

Basically, if you make someone angry later today with how great your story was, if you get demands for more, then you’ve done your job. As always, the key to this will be word choice. Find the word that communicates several ideas within that one signifier, and you can build a great piece of flash fiction!

Experiment with POV, different characters, and write more than one story! Writing within the confines of a tweet is difficult, but it gets you into an incredible mindset. Find the right words to create the mood, the plot and convey character in as short a way as you can.

Also, try and interact with the community! Every week, a lot of amazing writers gather together and share their stories. These people don’t just offer up great stories, they are great people to follow throughout the rest of the week as well. Being on Twitter is all about curating the conversation you want to be apart of and this is a great way to meet people who love being creative.

Hope to see you and your flashfiction this afternoon!

As always, it would be wonderful to see some of you join in on this. You don’t have to be a writer. Everyone has a story to share and this is a really fun way to meet great people on Twitter.

(via clairesalcedo)

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