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The Power of Tiny Fictions and Making Connections

What happens when I give authors a minimum of ten questions to answer?


Hopefully, the answer is something both fun and insightful!

Since I created my own writer's website and my author Twitter account just over a year ago, I have learned so much about the flash fiction and writing community. Namely that there are thousands of other people like me out there, writing their small stories in the hope that they’ll be heard.


Even though I've studied craft and editing, and have been an active member of Flash Fiction Magazine, I’ve always felt inadequate as a writer. There are so many brilliant, bold, and brave voices writing stories today that I wanted to create a fun, informal space where they can share what being a writer means to them. And the hope is that this will resonate with other writers, help inspire them and let them know they are seen.


 

What I want to do


I want to chat with a whole myriad of short fiction authors and ask them questions.


There are a lot of writing blogs out there that give great writing advice, and here no doubt I’ll endeavour to bring some of that too but thinking about what I want to read as a writer I got hooked on the idea of talking to my fellow writers, finding about their craft and what they love about writing, but also what makes them tick as humans.


 

And why?


For me, asking questions is all about learning from each other and making connections.


I will ask writerly questions like, which authors do you admire and where do you find inspiration? And of course, I will dig into meaty editing questions about the use of the em dash or whether not using Shunn formatting is a sin.


But really what I want to know is how much are my fellow writers like me? What are their fears and loves? Do they obsess about a certain musician or talk to their pets when home alone? Do they watch Murder She Wrote marathons with glee in their hearts? Are their homes a mess or freakishly neat?


If you would like to get involved in this project let me know.




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