I’m not sure how many of you participated in the Fiction Friday Challenge that used to be held on a weekly basis over at the now closed Write Anything blog, but I participated in the weekly writing prompts quite often. Fiction Friday is a great way to stretch your writing muscles – whether you’re a novelist, content marketer, or academic. It helps you get your feet wet and exercise your right brain on a weekly basis.
I was really sad when the Fiction Friday Challenges went away, and it’s been a little while since I’ve done writing exercises of this kind, so I thought, why not bring the tradition back?
I’ll post next Fridays’ prompt on Monday, and then the prompts for September on the 1st of September. That’s to give everyone plenty of notice to participate.
The rules of Fiction Friday Challenges are simple. Here’s a basic rundown of them:
- Check for the weekly theme or challenge. At the beginning of each month, a list of that month’s Fiction Friday challenges will be posted to give you plenty of notice as to what the theme for each week will be.
- Write using the prompt or theme for five minutes. You can go longer if you want, but remember the challenges are meant to get your juices going. If you don’t have a finished story, don’t worry! That’s kind of the point!
- No editing! Seriously. Don’t hit that backspace key, no matter how tempting it is. These are exercises. No one will be judging you on perfection.
- On Friday, post what you wrote to your blog.
- On social networks, use the hashtag #FictionFriday and share the link to your post.
- Come back to Ronda Writes, and share your post in the Fiction Friday Challenge post’s comments section for that week.
- If you like, share others’ posts on social networks using the hastag #FictionFriday as their work is posted.
- Feel free to comment on the posts of other participants, but remember to be constructive! We’re all working out our writing muscles, not trying to be the next Tom Wolfe, James Joyce, or Jane Austin!
That’s it! Those are the rules. You can participate as you are able to.
Since this post is going up with late notice, this week’s challenge will be to just get the pencil (or fingers, rather) moving for 5 minutes. Start writing, write for five minutes, and post what you come up with. I’ll do it too. Remember to post a link to your work in the comments!
Happy Fiction Friday writing!