Calling all short story lovers!
May is National Short Story Month – and therefore the perfect time for an absolutely senseless idea.
Let me explain:
Short stories have a special place in my heart. They’ve helped me dabble with countless ideas, overcome writer inertia, and introduced me to communities like #fridayflash. Most importantly, they’ve helped me hone my craft by focusing on different techniques one at a time… And this where the senseless challenge comes into play.
THE SENSELESS CHALLENGE: THE FACTS
- We have five senses.
- May has five Fridays.
- Each Friday is dedicated to one of the senses.
- On that Friday, you post a flash fiction focusing on that sense.
- If you have twitter, tweet about your story with the hashtag #flashsense
Take sight. The story for that week could be about a ghost who can only see, but not hear or feel or smell or taste. On the other end of the scale, it could be about a blind man – and how he sees without seeing.
The aim of the challenge is to become more aware of how you use senses to convey description – and hopefully have fun too!
The schedule is:
There are no rules. You can take part for one week or all five. You can write about not having that week’s sense or only having it.
I’ll do weekly round ups so we can all enjoy each others’ stories.
At the end of May, I’m going to poll readers on which challenge story was their favourite (excluding my own, of course!). The author of the winning story will win a print copy of one of my books.
EDIT: Far too many amazing people took part to make it fair to pick only one story. All entrants get a free ecopy of any of my books!
Each author can enter a maximum of 5 stories into the challenge – one for each sense. Winners will be announced on June 10th.
- A.M. Harte
- Nathan Payne
- Laura Besley
- N.M. Martinez
- Laura Amos
- Brinda Banerjee
- Peggy McFarland
- Christopher Munroe
- Kelly Stapleton
- Tim VanSant
- JP West
- Shelli Proffitt Howells
- Deanna Schrayer
- Chuck Allen
Want to join my senseless challenge?
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