To my dearest writerly and artistic community–
I am sending you lots of love in such a difficult and uncertain time. I’ve been thinking a lot about the painter, Mark Rothko, who said that abstract expressionism really came as a result of artists needing to say something that had never been said before. Basically, when the world changes, art changes.
So in all this uncertainly, there is something you can do: make art. The world needs artists more than ever in times of crisis. We are the visionaries. I’ve always said that I have no idea how the non-artists in the world handle their emotions! If I couldn’t journal, write, sing…I don’t know what I would do. We are lucky. We have our art.
So to that effect, Kathy Fish and I are going to do a morale-boosting, free 30-day FlashNano-like event starting tomorrow, Monday, March 16, for everyone sitting home in front of their computers and ready to write. We’ll be posting daily prompts (many recycled from FlashNanos of years past or from our retreat “prompt envelope”) on our website (no need to sign up for anything, we are just going to keep it simple), so we hope that this strange time can also be productive and inspiring.
We can’t control the crisis but we CAN control what we do. So let’s make some art. Please be safe and stay healthy and look after each other.
And remember: Whether you wrote 30 stories or just 1 story: it’s still a win!
I will keep 2019 prompts up until next October when we prepare to do it again! Join me then!
All FlashNano 2019 prompts here
First of all, pause, rest, celebrate. You might be exhausted–I know I am!
The good news is: You have lots of material!
If you want to revise with me after the holidays, I still have a few spots left in my 3-day weekend revision class:
Flash Flurry: 3-day Revision Intensive
**And please let me know when all your great work gets published! I love hearing about it throughout the year.
Also you might want to consider joining myself and the flash fiction queen herself, Kathy Fish, on one of our our flash fiction writing retreats in 2020! Picture: time to write in an exotic location with like-minded others. Lots of instruction; lots of down time. And lots of fun. Friends are made; stories are written and perfected. Spirits are lifted and creative souls are inspired. It’s our favorite thing ever!
Flash Fiction in Costa Rica: Writing Wild in the Blue Zone
March 21-27, 2020
*we still have one discounted spot available
Flash Fiction in Colorado: High Altitude Inspiration
Aug 19-23, 2020
Cheers, and congratulations!
See you in 2020!