The Non-Rules of Flashathon


First, the one thing everyone probably noticed: there are now official graphics for Flashathon!  I’d like to thank my absolutely awesome wife for putting them together.  We’ll have more graphics going forward, including official winner badges for each level of participation.

Today marks the one month point until Flashathon, which means the information will come faster and faster.  This is feeling more and more real by the day, and with that it feels crazier and crazier.  I wanted to mark this one month point by presenting my philosophy for Flashathon and follow up with a series of what I’m calling the non-rules of the event.

The Philosophy of Flashathon

The purpose of this event is the raw spark of creativity.  Inspiring that spark, cultivating it, and then letting it explode forth.  That’s why the event has as few rules as possible, and why I wanted to present the rest of this post in the form of non-rules.

The Format of Flashathon

Each hour I will start a new post in the blog.  It will include a few words of inspiration and a cue for that hour.  At that point the participants get to work, putting what time they can and want into creating during that hour.

The Non-Rules of Flashathon

  1. You do not have to post your story.  This event will be powered largely by the honor system.  All I ask each hour is that you post that you did participate.  What kind of story you wrote, perhaps a word count, perhaps what amount of time you were able to work on it.  Really, it’s just a way of checking in on people and knowing who earned what level of participation.
  2. You do not have to use the hourly prompt.  The prompts will be there for those who want them, intending to provide an inspirational spark for those who might be flagging for inspiration.
  3. You do not have to write flash fiction.  That’s what the event is built around, but if you get to the end of the hour and realize you’re only halfway through the story, keep going with it into the next hour.  I’ll still count it.  Or if you want use the event to do 15 or 30 minute writing sprints during the hours you participate, do that!  I’d be tempted to create a word goal minimum for an hour of participation, but that sounds suspiciously like a rule.
  4. You do not have to participate all twelve hours.  Look, I know it’s a Saturday.  I’m intending this entirely as a drop-in, drop-out affair.  We will celebrate what hours people do get to participate in, rather than look at what hours they don’t.
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