Which is why, I need practice, more ‘active’, ‘conscious’ practice. And to give myself exactly that, I’m writing fiction everyday for the whole month of April for the A to Z Challenge. If you haven’t heard about it yet—it had 1300 participants last year, this year the figures would be higher.
I’m helping host the challenge this year with some great bloggers. We’re also running a video challenge for A to Z with videos like this one. Go the blog for the announcement–some cool prizes are waiting for you!
February 6th – Monday: Characters on the couch: Have one of your characters answer the following questions (to make this work to your benefit, choose a character who is the hardest for you to write 🙂 Max 250 words (Not including the questions—only the answers).
1. What is your biggest vulnerability? Do others know this or is it a secret?
2. What do people believe about you that is false?
3. What would your best friend say is your fatal flaw? Why?
4. What would the same friend say is your one redeeming quality? Why?
5. What do you want most? What will you do to get it?
February 8th – Wednesday – Dialogue Introduction: Have two characters introduce each other using only dialogue—no backstory, no internalization, just dialogue between the two. Max 250 words.
February 10th – Friday – Emotion Flash Fiction: Emotion is the engine of a story. Pick an emotion and in a flash fiction piece of 250 words MAKE us feel it! We want to connect with your character. This will be a challenge in 250 words.