Eighteen: The 100 Day Project

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For 100 days, 8th April 2018 to 17th July, I’ll be posting a piece of fiction (probably flash but I don’t have a word limit) on my Instagram (you can follow me @dominiquethewriter). I started on Sunday 8th so I’ve already written three pieces (below). I chose flash fiction as I think that’s an achievable, realistic goal.

At some point I want to use some of the inspiration I got from my recent trip to Wales that I have burrowed into my mind.

The biggest question here is… Can I keep something, anything up for 100 days? I don’t think so to be honest. But I’m going to try anyway.

This isn’t necessarily about quality, this, for me, is a project about consistency. I’ve learnt that the only consistent thing about me is that I’m inconsistent. If I complete this project I hope to gain, 100 pieces of finished work of course, but also the knowledge that I can commit to something and finish it. I think consistency and finishing are my biggest flaws. Especially with writing. I have so many good ideas, so many WIPs, but finishing them, that’s a whole new ball game. Though I mustn’t be so down on myself, I do finish some things and occasionally I post them here on the blog. I suppose I want to finish a higher percentage of what I start. I’ll be using my every day notepad to make notes, jot down prompts and ideas that I can use in times of desperate need! As you may know from a previous post I have too many notebooks (finished and unfinished!) that I’m trying to get through. I want to go paperless! At the end of the project I’ll do a nice round up of them all (or if I don’t finish the project go and hide in a dark hole!)

Maybe I can submit one or two pieces to competitions or magazines – there are many Flash Fiction competitions around. Reflex Fiction is a “Quarterly international flash fiction competition.”

I duct taped a pad of sticky notes to the back page and use them whenever I need to remember a particular location and usually make a little note.

A question then – what is flash fiction?

“Flash fiction is fictional work of extreme brevity[1] that still offers character and plot development. Identified varieties, many of them defined by word count, include the six-word story,[2] the 280-character story (also known as “twitterature[3]), the “dribble” (also known as the “minisaga“; 50 words),[2] the “drabble” (also known as “microfiction”; 100 words),[2] “sudden fiction” (750 words),[4] flash fiction (1,000 words), nanotale,[5] and “micro-story”.[6]”Some commentators have suggested that flash fiction possesses a unique literary quality, in its ability to hint at or imply a larger story. “

What is the 100 day project? Well, it’s a free, global art project that anyone can participate in. I’m a bit late to the game, it started on 3rd April, but never mind.

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Here are 3 of 100 pieces.

1/100

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2/100

3/100

I don’t think they’re any good , first drafts aren’t supposed to be. I see them like the preliminary sketches in an artists sketchpad – rough, outline, no detail, no fine tuning or polishing. Just exercising the wrist and mind, warming up for the real thing. This is almost what I see this challenge as – a warm up, practice.

The diversity between just these three pieces is incredible. I honestly don’t know where I get my ideas from. Sometimes I sit and push around my mind until something tangible and interesting reveals its self – then I pull on it like a loose thread. I pull and pull and unravel an idea that I use to knit up into a story. Sometimes I’ll see a word, a sentence and image that will prompt an idea that still feels, to me, as if it came from no where.

You can, incoming shameful self promotion, follow me on the social media platforms below for more regular updates:

Twitter – domthewriter1

Instagram – dominiquethewriter

Are any of you participating in the 100 day project? I’d love to read . I see a lot of artists and crafters but not too many writers. Link below or comment if you are and we can connect and be 100 day buddies!

Thanks for reading

Dominique.

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