This webpage was inspired by this guy, who says he didn’t feel like an illustrator before he decided to create an illustration a day for a year. My writing has been sporadic and inconsistent, so this is an attempt to make writing continuous and to encourage variety in my creativity, regardless of whatever phase I may be in with other projects.
Here are my rules. I have to produce a piece of Flash Fiction every day for a year. “Flash Fiction” is meant to be a general objective, not a draconian limitation. I will undoubtedly go under 500 and over 1000 from time to time. I have allowed myself to stockpile seven flashes for rainy days. Although I can replenish the seven, I can reserve no more than seven at any given time, and I cannot replenish them with anything already written–even if I wrote it during this year. New works can displace other works in the reserve, but the displaced ones cannot be brought back.
These are not necessarily finished products. Most will probably be first drafts, and depending upon my workload and alertness, they may not exceed rough drafts. Some of them will undoubtedly capture ideas that will be refined and used in other places. With that in mind, if I am lucky enough to pick you up as a follower, please feel free to critique or comment as it suits you.
From May 9, 2016 to May 15, 2016, I wrote a flash a day, providing me with my reserve. The attempt to complete a year of flashes begins the day of this writing, May 16, 2016 and will end on May 16, 2017.
Mark Freivald is a network engineer who lives in northeast Virginia.
Update: I successfully finished this endeavor on schedule. I depleted my original reserve of seven, but by April 21, I restored it back up to seven, which means I completed 365 stories in 365 days during the official run. Although 4 of the stories were technically shorter than flash (<500 words), I completed 111 stories that were longer (>1000 words). The average length was 901 words.