Flash Fiction and Poetry: An Approach

(Photo Credit: Pinterest) Both flash fiction and poetry are as much art as communication. Even though they definitely are distinct forms, they overlap in more than a few ways. Brevity. Although there are long flash fictions and poems, both tend to be brief. This is part of the appeal to both readers and writers. Detail. […]

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Some Appeals of Flash Fiction

(Photo Credit: Ocean Wonderland) A flash fiction piece is like a mermaid in a bottle. There’s not much space in that bottle. You’ll have to choose carefully what to include and leave out. FF is a popular form for both readers and writers for many reasons, including… Shock value. Flash fiction is known for delivering […]

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Cutting Words In Flash Fiction

(Photo Credit: Pinterest) I admit, I tend to overwrite. In every form of writing (except syllable-controlled poetry forms). So when I write flash fiction, I need to do a lot of cutting. Word choice: First, I look for words and phrases that readers might not understand or might throw them out of the story. slang […]

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Writing Modes: the Story-Teller and the Writer

There are two main modes of story-telling: the story-teller and the writer. The story-teller mode mimics oral tradition and predates the writer mode. There is much to be learned from each of these writing modes regardless of the type of writing you do. There are several story-teller modes (Navajo oral tradition is quite different from, […]

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Flash Fiction: Ending

Writing flash fiction can help you identify your audience. Because they are quick to write, you can easily test different types of endings and see which type of endings your target audience best responds to. Or work in reverse and write the endings you like in order to narrow down the identity of your target […]

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Flash Fiction: Middle

  A possible benefit of flash fiction is that the middle is so short. Many people struggle with middles although for me the most difficult part is cutting my middles down to size. Flash fiction emphasizes techniques that can help me do this. But if you are the type who writes your middles too short, […]

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Flash Fiction: Opening

Okay. As part of my learning about flash fiction, I’ve decided to break down the short structure into its opening, middle, and end. While some of the advice will be true for any story, some is especially important for word-limited format. Character: Set up in two sentences. At least one of these sentences should be […]

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Flash Fiction: Why Try It

Maybe it is because my WIP is so long but I’ve recently become interested in flash fiction. Depending on who you ask, flash fiction usually runs between 300 and 1000 words. Micro fiction is even shorter! I am no good at short stories but maybe I will give flash fiction a try. Plot: One benefit […]

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(reposted) How to Write Flash Fiction

Here’s an excerpt from a great article I found on flash fiction while doing research for November’s Flash Fiction Block Party. The article is from The Guardian and is by David Gaffney. I think these rules can also be used to transform a short story or segment of a novel into flash fiction. I’ll explore […]

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Flash Fiction: Ends

Writing flash fiction can help you identify your audience. Because they are quick to write, you can easily test different types of endings and see which type of endings your target audience best responds to. Or work in reverse and write the endings you like in order to narrow down the identity of your target […]

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