Try Starting at the End

I recently participated in a motivational contest with a bunch of writer friends in which we all anonymously wrote, in a ridiculously short time period, flash fiction based on prompts and then critiqued each others’ work. For the record, I’m pretty terrible at writing flash fiction, so I was never in danger of winning, but when reading my fellow writers’ work I found myself giving two pieces of advice over and over again. The first was, “This is too short.” In fact, I received that one myself on almost everything I wrote (see “terrible at flash fiction” above). The other one was a bit more surprising, though. I told quite a few writers that their ending was their beginning. Continue reading