When I first realised that I actually enjoyed writing flash fiction, it was a mystery to me as I hadn't even really heard of the term "flash fiction" before the end of 2009. But when I discovered #fridayflash via Twitter, I started posting flash fiction on my blog as regularly as I could, and reading flashes by other people also as often as I could.
Now #fridayflash is always at the back of my mind. If I have something to post, I do, and if I don't, I have come to realise it's not a problem. In summary, these are the things I love about #fridayflash:
- The welcome for debut stories in the #fridayflash community is always there. I certainly didn't feel like The New Girl for very long.
- You can dip in and out - there is no pressure to post every week. Even after a long absence, when you post again you still feel like a part of the community.
- As long as you enter your details in The Fridayflash Collector, and link to it on Twitter, you will find you have a steady stream of readers for your flashes.
- The community as a whole is very helpful and many of the writers who are involved will offer constructive criticism which will help you to improve your writing style.
- Sometimes you will write a flash for #fridayflash and then later you can use it for something else, for example someone may post a call for submissions which allows previously blogged stories. This was how I had my first ever flash story published in 50 Stories for Pakistan.
You can read my #fridayflash stories by clicking on the #fridayflash label in the panel on the right of my blog.