February Writing Challenge Week 3

This week was mostly catch-up and I’ll be starting off next week with more of it. Despite that, I felt a lot better creatively and was able to flesh out some ideas I’ve had spinning in my head for a while now. The dates they were written on are liars, I often wrote two or more short stories in a day and then skipped a few here and there, but it makes more sense for me to keep track of them in this manner.

I’ve only written one straight up flash fiction, which is rather disappointing for me personally, but hopefully that’ll change. The editing binge I’ll be on after this challenge might kill me a little, but it’ll also be a great creative recharge after this whole endeavour.

Onwards to the next week!

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February Writing Challenge Week 2

This week was not as productive as I hoped it was going to be. Honestly, I was rather disappointed with myself. Despite that, I got some material to work with and I’ve got some stories down. The point of this is to write, and I’ve been writing. So that, in itself, is a success.

Even though I didn’t do the best that I wanted to do when it came to writing my own stories, I was able to get a ton of critting done on Scrib (probably my favourite writing community of all time) and revise one of my older shorts. I’m hoping to binge submit a couple of my stockpiled stories by the end of this month.

Oh! And one of my little flash fiction pieces ‘came out’. Becoming Me is a piece I personally fell in love with. It’s a literary flash fiction piece, my little odd ball baby, and I love it. Anyways! Results for my challenge this week:

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Rewrite Challenge

I’ve decided that it’s time to revisit some of my older writings and give them a good, thorough, heavy rewrite. Top to bottom, complete redo.

Why? Because I’ve been so busy writing fresh, new stories, that I kind of feel like I forgot that all writers start somewhere. I’ve forgotten how far I’ve personally come. I’ve been so wrapped up in my editing and rewriting and disliking my own work that I don’t realize my leaps and bounds and improvements. I’ve got my blinders on in regards to my own writing.

Hell, I got published this year and I’m still worried about forever being a ‘dream writer’.

Not only that, but it’ll be a great way to get some content out to people who don’t know my writing style. It’s a fun little challenge that will make me feel better and give you some fresh, wonderful content.

I’ve picked out five ‘shorts’ (I hesitate to call them shorts because they’re mostly 200-500 word pieces, but they’re not flash fiction either. They’re the drabbles of someone who is figuring out what writing is.) from 2011 and one short from 2014 (this one is actually a full short story, beginning, middle, and end). I’ll be writing down the titles, throwing them in a hat, and taking a stab at the first one that pops up.

Once I’m done with these six, I might dig through some of the scraps of paper I kept with ‘stories’ on them. I think that will be a harder challenge, considering my paper writing is horrid. Even now, I can only bang out a few sentences that are horrendously lackluster on paper before switching to my laptop for better results.

Have you ever tried a challenge like this, or are you interested in giving it a go? I’d love to see someone else revamp something from their childhood that they might have permanently locked away.

Wish me the best of luck! I’m hoping to have some stories out in the next couple of weeks for you guys.