My novel, Dance with the Enemy, is currently $0.99 over on Amazon. But that's not what this post is about. Today, when I logged in on Facebook, it had a memory at the top like it often does. This particular memory had to do with a certain short story I'd written for a writer's blog called Clever Fiction. What is that, you ask? It's a blog that offers a prompt-based challenge. Currently, you post the story on your own blog and let them know. They then put up a link to your story on their blog to help push traffic your way. It's a great idea and, without them, I may never have written that first story that has now led to 2.3 novels (Book 3 is in the works), a couple of novelettes, and more understanding about positioning myself as an author. Has it allowed me to quit my day job? No, but it may just inspire you and give you that little push, like it did for me. Participating in the challenges helped me to not only "create product", but to also get into the habit of setting aside writing time. It also increased my exposure as more people saw and read my work.
So, whether you're a reader looking for something new to read, or a writer looking for inspiration, be sure to check out Clever Fiction. The current challenge -- Sailboat - Cove - Goldmine -- should be completed by Friday, Sept. 30. A new challenge will be posted sometime after that.
An amazing journey begins with a first step, just like a single word on a page can be the beginnings of a whole, new fictional world. Read. Write. Enjoy!