Bath Short Story Award 2017 ends on May 1st, but you’ve still time to write and enter your up to 2200 word story.
Unless you are able to practice lucid dreaming, you can’t control your dreams and they’re good story material as a result, often taking unusual angles on well-worn themes or offering you something wonderfully surreal. Steven King apparently dreamed the whole plot of ‘Misery’ – remember the plot about the author captured by a female psychopath?
In dreams, events unfold in ways you might not have imagined. Interestingly, they often fall into three acts, like a fairy tale.
Have you remembered a dream recently? If so, write it down and see if it has three scenes, a beginning middle and end. What is the crisis point in this dream? What is the resolution? If you can only remember a fragment of a dream, treat it like a prompt. Take a word, a dream character or an atmosphere from your dream memory and get writing.
Want to try out more ways of turning dreams into fiction after this year’s Bath Short Story Award is over on May 1st? Come to the first ever Festival entirely devoted to Flash Fiction in Bath on 24/25th June in Bath. Jude, one of our BSSA team members is the director of the festival. She’s running an early morning Dream Breakfast on the Sunday morning of the festival. Coffee and croissants provided. Here, you’ll be able to try out other ways of creating a short-short story from your dream or dream fragment.
All the major players in the Flash Fiction world ,UK will be at the festival running workshops to get you to try out different ways of approaching short short fiction. And we’ve just learned that a distinguished International Guest – renowned short story, flash fiction writer and teacher, Pamela Painter from the USA is coming to teach and read. There are also, talks, a book launch an evening of readings, a festival-long contest and more. Do come! flashfictionfestival.com