Don’t plan on getting anything done in the days before even minor surgery is scheduled. There is always more to do than you think and you might be a bit distracted, too.
Plan to have a few days afterwards for recovery even if you don’t think you’re going to need it. Better to plan to have the time off and find you don’t need it than need the time to finish projects and have complications.
Don’t commit to accomplishing anything that week, no matter how inspired you might feel. Even your regular activities might suffer.
I’m really sorry about leaving you hanging on all contest materials for the past week, but I did have some time to think a lot more about what I want to do with the contest, my blog, and other things.
When I started the WOW contest, it was craft I want to focus on while also promoting other authors. Maybe it’s because I’ve been running flash fiction contests for three years now, but I’ve also lost some of my enthusiasm for the way this contest is going. So I want to make a few changes.
First, I’m thinking of doing away with the whole contest element of the challenge. With my collaboration with Our Write Side and Katheryn Avila’s new contest, it seems like there are plenty of prompts around.
Prompted to Promptings
Instead of the contest, I’m toying with the idea of opening a “Promptings” forum. Each Friday, I’d post up a call for entries and you can submit any (one) piece of flash fiction you’ve written for any online contest during the week. From how I understand the software at the moment, comments left in the call for entries would automatically open up a forum thread (I’m still working out the software side obviously).
If you’re leaving a story, you’ll be asked to leave at least one comment on another story posted. Your comment should include one thing you liked about the story and one thing that could be improved. Of course, readers could be invited in to leave comments and helpful hints as well, you’d be able to have longer conversations with folks who comment on your story and you’d be welcome to comment on more than one story.
The idea behind the forum would be to provide each other with small critiques to help us all improve on our craft, creating flash fiction pieces we can sell if we want or perfecting our storytelling for longer works.
The Creativity Blog will work pretty much the same way it has been with a creative concepts post and a book review each week, but I’ll be adding more of my own fiction to it and welcome guest posts that focus on encouraging creativity, tips and tricks, and helpful tools.
What do you think? Would this format change be something interesting to you?