1:1000 | Freshmen

1:1000 is a website that pairs photography with 1,000-word prose. Sound like your cup of tea? Go to Pinterest and select an unclaimed photograph, then write your 1,000-word piece (fiction or creative non-fiction).

Yesterday I wrote about Benjamin Percy going off the rails and needing restraint for his latest novel. And this past weekend, I kind of did the same thing. Luckily, the 1:1000 editors are the best and I can usually be reeled in. My original piece for June was a hot, jumbled mess. I wanted to write the next installment of Tales from the Academy, but it just didn’t work. Backloaded exposition, conflicting character motivations, and minimal reader engagement do not a fascinating flash fiction tale make.

After reading the feedback, I decided to scrap the whole piece and start from scratch. It was easier than trying to rework my current piece, especially because one thread I noticed was maybe this series doesn’t lend itself to 1,000-word installments. With the exception of the first two pieces, they’ve been brutal to write. So, we’ll see what happens with that. I’d like to keep writing the series, I just don’t know if each installment can be captured well with a word limit.

My next attempt was better received, and I’m very proud of “Freshmen.” It features female friendships (#girlpower), one of my favorite things in my writing. I love exploring different women’s relationships, because even if they’re just the characters inside my head they still have valuable things to say. It’s a bittersweet look at college life and how it can be crushing and exhilarating.

Give it a read and let me know what you think! Thanks!

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