FtSq readers imageJust like young boys wearing short pants, the writing of short stories used to be seen as practise for when you grew up (into novels).

Those days are so long gone that micro-fiction now has its place in the world of literature. (They’ve got to be the ‘hot pants’ of the short-story world, don’t they?)

Shorts for their own sake make writing so much more accessible.

You’ve got a creative streak but you’re time poor? Have a look out your train window and write a hundred words (exactly) about what you see.

You’ve got a great idea but can’t think where it might go? It doesn’t need to go anywhere. (Except on the page so you don’t forget it!)

You’ve got two little thoughts that you think might be linked but don’t know how? Start writing and keep going until you’ve made a link. (Knowing that this doesn’t have to be the link.)

If you haven’t been writing lately. Choose a novel from your shelf. Open to any page. Write the first full sentence out onto a piece of paper. Pick up a pen and write constantly for ten minutes. Aim to write a complete story. Rush it! Go on. Get it all down in a flurry. Leave it for a week. And then …

And if you need encouragement or inspiration (and are in Melbourne on Saturday 30th August) make your way down to the launch of Flashing the Square conceived, created and curated by colleague Richard Holt. Would love to see you there. (Details below.)

The WHAT: launch of another great microfiction and prose poetry collection from publishers, Spineless Wonders.

The WHY: Come and find out!

The WHO: A story to tell‘s Richard Holt is the curator of the associated screen project and has produced 14 of the stories in a collection as videos now showing at Federation Square, Melbourne as part of the Melbourne Writers Festival. The event will feature Richard along with writers Angela Meyer, A. S. Patric and Cassandra Atherton with a panel discussion and readings. ‘Flashing the Square‘ is available at the Festival bookshop or from Spineless Wonders (shortaustralianstories.com.au).

The WHEN: 7pm Saturday 30th August

The WHERE: ACMI The Cube, Federation Square

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