At the kind invitation of Vanessa Gebbie (blog link over there on the right) I took part in my first ever flash writing thang on Thursday. She emailed myself and some others at 9.30 with 10 “prompts” and we had 45 minutes to write something incorporating 1 or some or all of them. It was blooming brilliant! I read the prompts, felt a bit weird and clueless, looked at the time and realised I was wasting it and needed to get writing. I picked the first prompt as part of my first line and only had a vague idea of where I was going to go with it, then I just sat and wrote. Me! Me who sits and procrastinates for hours before doing anything! I managed an entire short story. (Very short, just over 500 words.) I didn’t know how I was going to end it before I got there, and truthfully it seemed almost magical, an end came. Time up.
The good thing about sending everyone else the story is that the time is clearly logged on the email, so no cheating!
I was nervous about the whole feedback thing, me to them, them to me. I just plunged ahead and sent my thoughts and then hoped they were received ok. I didn’t hear back from one woman and hope I didn’t do anything wrong.
I felt so glad that I had been able to tap into the writing part of myself, if allowed again to participate, oh wow, count me in. I loved it.
I was all buzzy and smiling for the rest of the day, I even cleaned my blinds, a much hated chore that I have been putting off for ages. The creative/domestic balance harmonised for once.