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Cameron Smith, LISP 4th Quarter 2020 Official Selection, Flash Fiction

LISP 4th Quarter 2020 Official Selection, Flash Fiction 'Channel Hopping' by Cameron Smith

When did you start writing? How often do you write?

I started writing flash fiction a few months ago, so am still fairly new to it. Several years ago I wrote a blog about musical theatre ( and more recently I've tried some satire and commentary on the news ( I'm a hobby writer and try and squeeze in an hour a day around everything else. How does it feel to have your work recognised?

Pretty darn good. To know that someone else has read and enjoyed your work is always a surprise and genuinely a delight. Every time. What's the best thing and the hardest thing about writing a Flash-Fiction?

The best thing about flash fiction is that it is not at all daunting. I didn't have the confidence to try anything bigger. But 300 words? I can do that. It's a great place to start. The hardest thing is knowing when it's finished. How did you come up with the idea for your LISP selected story? Is there a story behind your story? And, how long have you been working on it?

It's a story I heard at a conference several years ago. The speaker was talking about changes in the way we now consume lots of information in tiny chunks and told an anecdote about one of their children flicking through the TV channels. I don't remember much about the rest of the conference but that stuck in my mind. Can you please give us a few tips about writing a flash-fiction story? I'm still way too green to be giving any proper tips. I'd just say keep it short, keep it funny. What's the best thing and the hardest thing about writing competitions?

The best thing is knowing that your work will get read by somebody. That's a big thing. The hardest thing is working out what kind of writing is the best fit for each competition. Lastly, do you recommend the writers to give it a go on LISP?

Absolutely. Dive in, the water's lovely.



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