My last Blog Update was terrible and I’m rectifying it now...
This has been a particularly long Hiatus and I think I should explain what I have been up to for the last 8 months: Flash Fiction is a hobby of mine, it gives me pleasure to handle such a small text and it gives me an opportunity to improve my writing and to be truly creative. Flash Fiction works very well for experimentation on style; explore scenes and characters and I will probably never stop writing them. But, as I found, writing snippets of stories doesn’t make you any good writing novels.
A year ago, I dove into a story (aiming for a novel) without a plan, hoping I’ll be led along this broken tale with no direction – the same strategy I’ve been going for with my Flash Fictions. Though this is a good thing when drafting, this is not advisable when trying to polish a story. Write the draft down, then write it again and again, never commit to a scene until you have worked out as much as you are able! That is what I’ve learned. You’ll undoubtedly make changes along the way, either way, that’s unavoidable, but hopefully, you’ve created a solid foundation to build on at that point.
I knew this on a surface level long ago, but it takes practice, and many mistakes, to fully understand the craft. I’m not saying I know how to write novels now but I am confident that I know enough to put some time into my short fictions again.
I will not make any promises, however, because I know I am not a creature of habits. I might post two stories one week or none at all in another. At least you can be certain that I’m working on them and hopefully you’ll stick around to read them.
Knowing that at least somebody reads my stories gives me enormous satisfaction.
Thank you for existing.