Short stories

I quite enjoy writing short stories. Me and my grandad tend to bounce them back and forth to improve them before entering them into competitions. Most competitions ask that you don’t publish your story anywhere else, so, unfortunately, there won’t be any examples of my work on this blog. If however, you want to read anything of mine, drop me an email and I’ll send some stuff over.

Lately, I’ve been reading a writing magazine called Writers Forum. It’s had some really helpful tips in it, and some I follow already. I find it’s good to write as a hobby as there’s no pressure on it, you can do it if and when you please, whereas doing it for a job creates a lot of pressure and maybe worse writing.

I’ve written 3 stories recently, all between 500-1000 words, a slow increase from when I first started out late last year where I was writing 50-100 word stories. My recent stories have focussed on deep issues in society and have been created to make you think about things in a different way (something I think you’re supposed to do in photography A Level, but I can’t get the hang of). So for the next adventure my characters undertake, I think I’m going to try to stick to the beginning, middle, end scenario where a character faces plenty of dilemmas and has to solve them.

I’m going on holiday next week and I hope that will provide me with plenty of ideas and the time to write.

Christopher Fielden 81 Words Challenge

Me and my Grandad like writing short stories and we found this 81 Words Flash Fiction challenge online. It is hosted by Christopher Fielden and he’s trying to get 1000 stories of exactly 81 words in length. If you fancy having a go at writing an 81 word story you can enter here: Christopher Fielden 81 Words Challenge.

You can read our stories below.

My Grandad’s story is called “It’s Magic” is number 147.

My story is called “Gone” is number 150.