Welcome to Task 11 of the Basics of Author Online Presence Challenge. If you need to catch up on previous tasks, go here.
Today we’re combining writing with your online presence.
Take Part in a Flash Fiction Challenge
There are several competitions you can take part in every week/month that are completely free. On Writing.com there’s even a daily flash fiction challenge. There are also challenges you can take part in to up your writing game.
I’d recommend for today’s challenge that you combine the #FlashFicHive challenge and Cracked Flash Fiction Competition for best results. (And, of course, to kill two flies with one hit.)
How to take part in a flash fiction challenge.
Cracked Flash Fiction Competition runs from 12 am Pacific time to 12 am Pacific time (24 hours) every Saturday. You get a prompt (a sentence) that you have to start your piece with. And you only have 300 words to write your story in.
#FlashFicHive has a daily challenge to add to your writing. See the day’s challenge (either today or tomorrow – ‘cause you’ll be writing your piece tomorrow for Cracked Flash) and use it as part of your story.
You already know how to write flash fiction, but just in case, check out this post on how to (and why you should) write flash fiction.
How to share your flash fiction
So to share your entry on the Cracked Flash Fiction Competition site, use your Google+ profile (sign in, go to the site and share your story in the comments following the instructions).
And then share your story on your blog. Why? Because you’re a writer and people should be able to see samples of your writing.
I suggest you add the prompt from Cracked Flash (with the URL to link back to it to show that you took part in the competition), the challenge pic from #FlashFicHive (open the tweet, copy the URL and go to “add picture” on your blog and paste the URL there and the tweet will show in your post) and anything else you used as inspiration to write your story.
To see examples, go look at any of these stories on my blog.
Why you should share your flash fiction
First off, it’s a short piece of writing. Something you wrote in a couple of minutes/hours depending on the muse. Entering it into Cracked Flash Fiction Competition means getting feedback on your story from the judge if it places in the top three. Feedback is invaluable.
Also, you learn how to share your writing with the world. As writers, we’re used to toiling away on our writing without an audience. But at some point you’ll need to learn how to share your writing if you want to get published.
I’ve found it an easy transition from sharing my flash fiction with faceless fellow flash writers to sharing my short stories/novels with beta readers and critique partners. And learning how to accept feedback on your writing is an important step to publication. You can’t go crying and screaming each time a typo or plot failing is pointed out. Learning how to deal with criticism is good for you.
So swallow your fear and write a flash fiction piece according to the prompts of Cracked Flash Fiction Competition and #FlashFicHive, enter it into the competition, share it on your blog and then on Twitter with #FlashFicHive and #AuthorOPChal, of course, and see how you’re making your way into the writing community one story at a time.
Did you check out the challenges? Did you write your flash fiction piece and enter it into the competition? Did you share it on your blog and on Twitter? You can also share it on Google+. And remember to add your story’s title and URL here in the comments – we’d love to read them.
Author: Ronel Janse van Vuuren
Ronel writes dark fantasy filled with mythology and folklore, some of which can be read on Wattpad and on her blog Ronel the Mythmaker. When not leading her Rottweiler pack or arguing with her characters, she’s writing award-winning fiction.