Have you heard of Flash Fiction?
Flash fiction is any story that has a maximum of 1,000 words. It is also known as micro fiction, postcard fiction, short short story (though that is a mouthful!) and sudden fiction.
The last one describes flash fiction well. The word count means you must get straight into the “action” so can hardly avoid being sudden!
There is even a National Flash Fiction Day.
Long established short story competitions such as The Bridport Prize now feature flash fiction as a category. Great news for me – I put in an entry for both categories though, alas, no success here to date.
I write 100 words stories, 500 words stories and sometimes as many as 750 words stories! I met a lovely writer at Swanwick Writers’ School recently who wrote 75 words stories (including the title) and that is a challenge!
A complete story
Each flash fiction piece must be a complete story with a beginning, a middle and an end. Every word must count and a good title can convey much information about the type of story to come.
Flash fiction is easy to read. It is ideal for reading on mobile phones and tablets. For anyone who feels they don’t have much time to read, bite sized fiction like this could appeal. Flash fiction covers all genres and there are a number of online magazines which take them.
I’ve been published in one online magazine, Cafelit, and one of my flash pieces, Telling the Time, will be appearing in their Best of annual anthology this year. The book should be out in December.
One example of my Flash Fiction: Job Satisfaction
The fairy returned to what she’d wrongly sworn was an open window.
Damn! Every bloody window was shut. Her scowl curdled the street’s milk. She fired a spell at the letterbox to keep it open. Many fairies narrowly escaped being sliced in half by a clanging letterbox but nobody cheated her of an overdue incisor yet alone a snoring bully…
Outside her client’s bedroom, the fairy rummaged through her pockets. When humans made her work harder than necessary, she returned the compliment. The fairy grinned at her pliers. There were times she really loved her job.
Despite the limited word count, you know enough to know here is a character best not crossed!
In my next post, I’m going to share with you my book publication news, my publishing tools, my inspirations, and why I have roses on my writing desk.
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