Sunday, 17 April 2011

Spilling Ink

Extra treats for Harvey this week, as I heard I'd won second prize in the Spilling Ink flash fiction competition.

Until last year I had something of a blind spot where flash fiction was concerned. I'd never tried writing it, because I couldn't imagine being able to develop characters in the way I wanted within a word count of perhaps only 500 or less. For me, characters and relationships are the things I really like to explore in stories, way ahead of plots or themes.

But then for some reason I went through a bit of a sea-change. I started experimenting with flash fiction, and found I enjoyed the challenge. I realised that if the main character was clear enough in my mind, it was possible to pin them down on paper. It was just a matter of working hard within the tight focus of the story, and not getting distracted by rambling sub-plots as I am inclined to do. That may sound obvious, but I am a great believer in the principle that we only really learn by doing.

So the moral of this particular tale is that even if you think you can't, have a bash anyway. You may find that you can!

22 comments:

Morton S Gray said...

Congratulations! Well done indeed. Love hearing about my friends winning things. Mx

Dream it, then do it said...

Congratulations on your prize, Joanne. I totally agree with you about trying something new. We can always learn by facing new challenges.

Teresa Ashby said...

Congratulations, Joanne :-)
Harvey is gorgeous - I hope he enjoyed his extra treats!

Old Kitty said...

YAYAYAYAYAYYAAYAYYAYAAYYAYAYAYAAY!!!!!!

*Clapping* *more Clapping*!!!

WELL DONE YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Awwww Harvey deserves extra treats and pressies for being so gorgeous!!!

Take care
x

Rosemary Gemmell said...

Well done, Joanne! Always worth trying something new.

bazza said...

Poor old Harvey! What happens when you don't win things?
Congratulations, that's a lovely post.
Bazza’s Blog ‘To Discover Ice’

Kate said...

Well done! Hope it's the first of many!

Joanna said...

Absolutely brilliant, Joanne, congratulations! Flash fiction isn't easy, so really well done!

MorningAJ said...

Congratulations. Both for the prize and for overcoming your flash fiction block.

joanne fox said...

Thank you everyone, you're all wonderful!

Laraine Eddington said...

I'm so happy for you. Writing "short" is harder than "long".

Frances Garrood said...

Well done, Joanne! Great news (and I love flash fiction)!

Ellie said...

Congratulations! Amazing news!

Yes. I agree with you. Sometimes we need to push ourselves out of our comfort zone to find out we can do something.

Madeleine said...

Oh wow congratulations! Lucky Harvey, too :O)

joanne fox said...

Many thanks again. x

Suzanne Jones said...

Great news. Congratulations.

XX

HelenMHunt said...

I can't do flash fiction at all. Well done.

BECKY said...

Oh, congratulations!!! That's wonderful. And I love your beautiful doggie!!

Karen said...

Harvey's gorgeous, and congratulations on the prize - great news!

I tried writing a ghost story for the first time last year and thoroughly enjoyed it. It got published too, so it's definitely worth stepping outside your comfort zone sometimes :o)

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BECKY said...

Oh, how wonderful! Congratulations, Joanne!! So happy for you! And especially since it was for something you thought you couldn't do! Wonderful accomplishment!

broken biro said...

Oops - missed this post! Many congratulations - I love reading and writing Flash Fiction and am dead jealous!