About once a quarter, NPR mounts a writing competition called “Three Minute Fiction.” The rules are fairly simple. Create a piece of original fiction, no more than 600 words in length, and have it meet some specific criteria put forth by the current round’s guest judge. In previous rounds, the criteria have included things like using a specific list of words, including certain events, or even requiring specific wording. The current incarnation falls under the guidelines of the latter, specifically dictating the wording of the first sentence:
She closed the book, placed it on the table, and finally, decided to walk through the door.
A simple proposal, but full of possibilities. I really enjoy writing to that moment when the possibilities are endless. Sometimes it is harder than others, but the journey along the way always teaches me something, whether it is about myself or the world around me. I have been spending a little more time working on the creative aspect of my writing, and have joined a local group of writers to help foster the spirit of creativity.
As soon as the competition is over, I will post my short story, entitled “Full Circle” in this forum. I look forward to any feedback anyone might have!