The Flash Fiction Challenge is back. I've done it a couple of times in the past with little success. The last time I wrote two stories and although the feedback on the first one was good, the second one (which I thought was much inferior to the first) was the only one that placed, and not well enough to get me into the next round.
In each challenge, entrants are randomly assigned a genre, location and an object, all of which must be included in the story. I like mystery, crime and drama. Last time I got romance/haunted house/marshmallows and historical fiction/church/bucket. I went with detectives in love and preachy post-World War II Los Angeles.
One reason I think I'm going to do this (even though I'd pretty much had my fill of this competition last time) is that I'm just getting back into the swing of writing on a regular basis. When I was in culinary school, I was either too exhausted to do much writing, or if I was, I felt like I should have been concentrating on school stuff. Also, I'm working on a collection of short stories that I plan on self-publishing and if nothing else comes of this competition it might provide me with a couple of writing prompts. Yeah, that's how I'm going to look at it. I'm not going to flip out at all when I get a genre that does nothing for me. Right.