If there’s one thing I love most, it’s probably experimental fiction. I love to write it and I love to read it. There’s something so amazing about taking a concept and trying to pursue it in a way that is a bit outside the norm. I’ll admit I’m not the most experimental of writers. Most of my experiments are doing things like making an overweight superhero and seeing if I can make the story relatable, or telling a story about running and using music to try to build the energy that could easily not be there when someone is running long distances. I’ve written love letters to fatherhood through the zombie apocalypse, and put robots in medieval England, but most of my books only have minor experimentation, still hoping to use the standards of novels to ensure that people will actually read the thing to the end.
The real place for the best in experimental fiction is in the world of flash fiction. These are generally short little pieces, around 1000 words, often written quickly, which are really suited for trying out an idea and seeing where you can get with it, while also attempting to actually tell a completed story. It’s an amazing exercise as an author and can be a fun experience for a reader, if you’re willing to watch a talented author flex their muscles.
I write plenty of flash fiction, but rarely share it, mostly because I don’t take the time to polish them into something shiny for people to enjoy. However, I’ve been wanting to share more of it. But not only my own flash fiction. I want all of it! So, here’s my call to action for you: Would you, the readers, be interested in seeing flash fiction from writers who may or may not be me? And would you, the writers who come around here, be interested in having a place to showcase some of your more quirky ideas?
Here’s my thought: I’m thinking I’ll share a writing prompt on social media, both Twitter and Facebook, and we’ll all work to get something pieced together within a given time frame, and then I’ll just post a bunch of different takes on the writing prompt on that day’s blog post. It could be an amazing way to see how different authors play with ideas.
What are your thoughts? I personally think this could be a whole heck of a lot of fun.