In revamping my site, I went back through a lot of my old posts, particularly my flash fiction. It was quite interesting to see the evolution of my style and ideas. I can see the origins of ideas that have become fully realized concepts. I laugh at the early flashes of Reilly and Jack as Storm Riders. I cringe at my early concept of Peter Flynn as a complete criminal. And Sam, well, is still Sam. By the time I started the flash fiction, Matt’s voice was pretty realized.
The style, too, has changed, and I feel more confident with my writing, now. I have cemented how each book style should be in my mind. Even a recent crossover flash fiction between Reilly and Matt sees each with a distinct voice despite the POV.
I’ve been doing Flash Fiction Friday for six years, now. It’s been a wild ride that saw snippets become concepts for full novels. This is an idea I will keep going with to spin out new ideas not just for my existing protagonists, but to flesh out more new ones.