Well, shoot! I was so pleased with myself because I had just finished a level of “Words of Wonder” on Facebook and blown the top score to pieces and moved, I believe, into second place among all my friends. Then I saw the time (11:58pm) and realized that I had forgotten to do my “Flash Friday” story from the prompt this week.
This particular writing challenge has had me plagued and I cannot decide what to do with it. I have written for it, probably, for nearly a year now. That’s about 52 entries. During that time I have managed to squeak out 3 honorable mentions with two of those being ones in which at least 4 others received honorable mentions. Now, I don’t do it for the win. Truly, it is for the writing experience; however, there is always the small hope that mine will catch the judge’s eye and place, perhaps, third overall.
Here’s my dilemma: I do not spend all day on this assignment. Truly, with my stroke problems the way they are, I can’t spend all day on one thing. The only exception seems to be a video game and that’s constant movement and change. Anyway, so I know that I am not doing my entire best all of the time. I do tend to write in spurts and some of my best work is done on a first attempt; however, I understand the not winning most of the time. My problem is that I notice I never see (well, almost never) any comments made by anyone who is writing then, too. They rotate judges. But, what I seem to notice is that the same group of people mostly win the top three spots (at least the top spot). I don’t see this as cheating or particularly favoritism. What I see is that there is a bit of a writing niche there and several people (a lot of the judges) write to that niche. It’s not my niche. I write thrillers, horrors, and sci-fis. My stories do not generally fit into the pocket that appears to be desired there. It would be like my trying to write a romance and sell it. I don’t do those particularly well; I need a bite to the story.
Long story short: I am thinking about dropping out of that Friday niche. I don’t know whether I would simply write another post like I do on Tuesdays or if I could find a different writing prompt that handled Fridays.
Does anyone know of a weekly writing prompt that can be turned in on a Friday night? Friday Fictioneers seems to go for Wednesdays now and Five Sentence Fiction can almost always be done on Thursdays. I would enjoy something a bit different, I think. Or, am I being too picky and, perhaps, self-centered to want a prompt that fits my particular style?
What do you think?