I often get asked by family and friends, “Why do you write so many flash / micro stories? Don’t writers write books, novels, articles, blah, blah, blah…?” It’s true I have been a fiend lately for all things flash. I even have recently had my first story published here.
Truth be told, it has reinvigorated me. Writing a flash story or a micro-prompt is my current drug of choice. It is a very short term goal that I always meet. I have my longer project(s) that I work on, and of course a real world job to occupy my time. My point is that everyone has to start somewhere and since it is only once in a lifetime that someone can write the perfect story out of the gate; it is necessary to have these little successes.
I use social media as my muse and sounding board. There is no greater collection of all people from all walks of life. I am surprised on a daily basis. I feel like I am reading the innermost thoughts of the world. Occasionally, I encounter opinions that differ from mine; situations that give me pause. I am young with high mileage and thankfully able to control my reactions. I follow one basic rule: Do not write anything that you would not want your grandmother to read on the cover of the New York Times.
Good luck and happy writing.