Anthony Haynes writes: Last weekend (18-19 June 2011) I attended the Great Writing conference at Imperial College, London. I came across some great writing and research projects, some of which we plan to feature here. First up is Calum Kerr.
Calum Kerr writes: In November 2010 I took part in National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) and completed a 50,000 word novel in just 30 days. The enforced daily deadline worked well for me, both in terms of inspiration and simply getting the work done, so in January 2011 I set out to write one flash fiction for each day of the month. The result of that project was a pamphlet entitled 31.
This enforced style of writing works well for me, so in May I embarked on an even more ambitious project, to write 365 flash fictions over a year. This project, entitled flash365 has now passed 50 stories and is still going strong.
The project utilises different themes and prompt-sources each month and I combine these with a desire to explore as many different genres, styles and perspectives as possible. More details about both 31 and flash365 can be found on my website or you can follow flash365 by ‘liking’ the page on Facebook or following the blog.