In a weird combination of planning way ahead and being really late, I’d like to let people know about an event I’m planning to organise for Flash Fiction Day (June 22nd): an event that G. Deyke already let people know about an entire month ago. So while there’s ages to go before the day itself, I’ve also been pretty slow to get this out there.
Or, as an alternative way of looking at it, this idea is so incredibly amazing that I didn’t have a chance to get it out there first. Let’s go with that.
It all started over on Twitter:
Conveniently, that’s also a pretty comprehensive description of the event: write as many flash fiction pieces as possible during the 24 hours of June 22nd. Just as a head’s up, that’s a Monday. However, it’s worth mentioning that spending the entire 24 hours writing is probably not advisable, so there should be time in the day for everyone to have a go.
I’ve put a little thought into the practicalities of this, and I figure the main thing is to make sure that all the stories each writer produces can be read in one place. It seems the easiest way of doing that would be to just post one Flash Fiction Day blog post and keep adding stories with a note to say what time they were started and finished. That way nobody gets spammed with swarms of (probably) tiny stories, and anyone following in real time can check back and see what’s new. Tweeting a link whenever you add a new story (or small batch of new stories) might be helpful.
For simplicity and flexibility, I suggest doing this on local time. That’ll mean that some people will be starting or finishing sooner or later than others, but since I don’t expect everyone to go midnight to midnight anyway it shouldn’t make too much difference. I expect there’ll also be a fair bit of overlap between time zones, so everyone should have company while they’re taking part.
If anyone’s got any suggestions for this, I’d love to hear them. I’d also love to set up some kind of Flash Fiction Month style challenges for this, but that seems like something to think about closer to the time. Regardless of how the whole thing plays out, I expect this to be a fun event, and I’d especially recommend it to anyone who can’t spare the time for a whole month of FFM or NaNoWriMo. I’m keen to see what people come up with!