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Flashing

I’ve been writing something shorter than usual, its the story that struck me when I contemplated Karen’s cloud photo for her latest writing challenge. The story isn’t in a new genre for me (part of the requirement of this challenge), but I thought I’d write it anyway – better to be writing something than nothing right?

What is new, is that I’m refining it to under 1000 words which will make it my first ever piece of flash fiction. I’ve read some flash, though not a lot, so I’m not expending it to be good flash fiction. We all have to start somewhere though ๐Ÿ˜‰

The challenge has been a lot of fun, under 1000 words doesn’t give you many. As it stands the first draft if over, but I am so looking forward to cutting it down to size, it’ll be a much better story for it. This has led me to go and read more flash though, in an attempt to figure out what it is that makes good flash.

I thought I’d ask here too though: what makes flash work for you? Is it any different to what makes other forms of writing work?

And finally, where do you go to read good flash fiction?

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10 thoughts on “Flashing”

  1. I haven’t read much flash fiction – only what turns up at Critters every now and again, but I do like the idea. For someone starting out in short stories, I think this is the way to do it.

    What I like about flash is you don’t have to concentrate on any of the details. While a short story is considered a snapshot of a moment or series of moments, flash fiction is the focal point, the very essence of the story.

    My first flast piece was called The Jumper and it was about the emotions of a man just before he jumps. It was amazing how much I could write, and how much I could leave out without the story losing too much.

    1. It is amazing what you can come up with even when you have a word cap on yourself. I wouldn’t say that details are unimportant, but you certainly don’t have spare words to wax lyrical about things that don’t directly pertain to the story you want to tell – no time for distractions!

  2. I’ve recently taken an interest in Flash fiction as well. I don’t necessarily intend to spend my days creating flash, but what I have done, I like.

    A nice place to read good flash (or even submit for publication) is http://www.flashfictiononline.com/

    I read the site regularly, and have even submitted one piece for consideration. Still waiting for my inevitable “you suck” letter. ๐Ÿ˜€

    1. You might not get a ‘you suck’ letter you know, the point is that you’re putting your work out there into the world – good on you!

      Thanks for the link btw ๐Ÿ™‚ I enjoyed writing the piece, and after doing some reading I feel like I have a slightly better grip on this short form. It’s something I’ll do again if I get the urge thats for sure, or an idea that seems like it will work well with less words.

  3. Btw – “The challenge has been a lot of fun, under 1000 words doesnโ€™t give you many. ” – who said there was a word limit on the challenge? There isn’t even a time limit! ๐Ÿ˜‰

    Pleased that I am still testing you, without testing you!

    1. I put the word limit on! Merilee mentioned something about flash and then I decided it was going to be my first… hah. I still have to come up with something outside my normal genres for your challenge tho.

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