This week I used a Reddit writing prompt and published my work as a comment on the post.
A Reddit writing prompt is a few words or phrases posted on the popular online forum that is intended to inspire a piece of fiction. These prompts can be;
- a setting (The luckiest man in the world and unluckiest man are both stuck on an island together.),
- a specific genre that you should write with added restrictions (Write a horror story. Difficulty: the protagonist has a fully functional cell-phone with them at all times.),
- or even an obscure event (You see a figure floating slowly towards you through the heavy fog. At first you think it’s a cow or a horse, but it keeps approaching and getting bigger. A whale floats past you, swimming gracefully through the air).
The sub forum I was using, r/writingprompts, has over 10.5 million subscribers, with an average of 2,000 users online at any one time.
I first started writing when I was about 13, writing a lot of fan fiction and completing National Novel Writing Month in November 2013 by writing 50,000 words of my Harry Potter inspired novel, False Enemies.
I’m really quite protective of my work because I know it’s not very good. Unless I set out to write a short piece I’ll either veer off track or rush my way through the plot.
As well as this, about 65% of my writing portfolio is fan fiction which is typically seen as very childish and immature. It’s not considered ‘real writing’ by many people as you’re ‘just stealing the ideas of another person’ which can be quite disheartening to hear.
Despite this, I still enjoy writing. It’s relaxing and gives me a vent for all of the action-packed fantasies in my mind. It’s not useless to imagine a firefight in the middle of London if it’s in the name of fiction!
Publicly posting such a quickly created piece of work, however, is something I’ve never done before. Each time I’ve decided to publish my work online I’ve spent weeks or months editing it before putting it live.
I’m fairly proud of the way it turned out. I tried to keep it simple and to the point which was difficult with the ideas I wanted to include. The piece can be found here and the thread makes for an interesting read. Some of the responses are fantastic!