THIS WEEK: Flash Fiction Inspired by Songs
June 1 kicked off the first week of the #FlashFicHive writing challenge. I’m excited by the number of writer who’ve decided to give my unusal writing challenge a shot. As a participant, I’ve chosen the Steampunk genre for both of my stories. Although there was a lot of research required to fill in the details of the story and add to the time frame in which it is set (Victorian age), I was able to come up with a few story concepts that interested me.
As a participant, I’ve chosen the Steampunk genre for both of my stories. Although there was a lot of research required to fill in the details of the story and add to the time frame in which it is set (Victorian age), I was able to come up with a few story concepts that interested me.
June 7–UPDATE: Both of the flash stories I created this week are still in WIP status.
The more I learn about the Steampunk genre, the more I realize there is much yet to learn. I don’t think my stories represent enough of the genre yet. (They are missing the tech elements and read more like historical fiction—which isn’t a bad thing—just not want I wanted.) A certain level of ignorance was okay when I was playing around with the genre in past story attempts, but my standards have risen now that I am following a few established Steampunk writers.
So, I’ll be tweaking them yet this month. The research needed to become familiar with the Victorian era and the types of acceptable tech that fit into this world is steep. But, I’m willing to roll up my sleeves—or put on a pair of sleeve garters—and get familiar with the aspects of this genre.
Story Concept 1: The Plighted Picklock
■ Headstrong by 10,000 Maniacs (YA, Steampunk)
Story concept, character, and pitch for Headstrong:
Geneve “Gennie” Merrill is a 24 year old unwed blue-stocking daughter, Tinker and wanna-be spy who’s a breath away from spinsterhood. Under the guise of “guest,” she attends ton parties with the intention of snooping through her hosts’ homes and testing out her spy gadgets. When she attends the country ball of her mysterious new neighbor and is caught trespassing by the host, her perchant for picklocks ends in a way she’d have never suspected.
BEST LINES: It wasn’t enough that he’d caught her; he was peeling back her layers. He was seeing things she’d never revealed to anyone.
Story Concept 2: On Pins and Needles (working title)
■ In the Waiting Line by Zero7 (Steampunk)
Story concept, character and pitch for In the Waiting Line:
[Updated] Lady Elsbeth Cavendish is a renown tinker and engineer scheduled to speak at the national Aeronautical Science conference. When she’s abducted by a handsome rival, she’ll stop at nothing to prove she’s the better tinker, even if it means delaying her escape.
Share Your Experience with Flash Fiction
I’d love to hear you experience with flash fiction. In the comments below, tell me:
- Have you ever written flash fiction before? If not, what stops you from trying?
- If you write flash regularly, how has it benefited your writing?
- Have you ever submitted your flash fiction for publication?
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