It's exhausting, isn't it? Writing a full-length novel. Especially if you're in the fantasy genre, and you're cranking out stories with 80k+ words. That rich, wonderful satisfaction of finishing a book comes around, oh, once a year for me? If I work my butt off, that is. But what can I say? I like my twisty plots, and my twisty plots take time to write. Actually, all the features I like most in a book take time to write. Humor. Plot twists. Character development. Carefully placed backstory. And yes, I like them so much that I willingly spend a year crafting a first draft just to get these features right.
It only recently dawned on me that humor, plot twists, character development, and carefully placed backstory can, in fact, take place in a story less than four pages long.
Flash fiction - I love you. You're basically a fast forward version of a novel. 80,000 words becomes 800. A year of writing becomes a day of writing. And while full-length books generally take a year or three to be published once acquired, I am thrilled to announce that my flash fiction "Ghost of the Golf Course" will be published on June 3rd by Havok Publishing - a mere month after signing the contract!
Yes, flash fiction packs a tidy little punch of encouragement on the long, wearisome querying journey. And I can't wait to share my funny little story of a grumpy teenage ghost haunting a putt-putt golf course and the intrepid foursome who break in after hours. "Ghost of the Golf Course" will be available for free on gohavok.com the day it's published - but only for one day! I'll send an invitation for you to check it out on June 3rd. 🙂
Thank you so much for supporting my writing journey and all its little milestones! If you have any exciting news of your own you'd like to share, I'd love to hear about it!