I’ve written about flash fiction a few times but some of you are still a little confused as to what it is. Here’s some further detail and an example. Perhaps it’ll inspire you to enter a competition or to send me some for ‘My Weekly Writing Challenge’. There’s still time to send a diary entry for this week’s challenge.
Basically, flash fiction is very short stories. The actual definitive length of a flash fiction story is often argued over. Some stories can be as short as 50 words, whilst some editors and competition organisers include 1000 words in their definition of flash fiction.
Flash fiction can also go under the guise of other names including micro fiction, short-short stories, postcard stories or skinny fiction, to name a few.
Whatever its length and whatever its name, flash fiction has to be a complete story. Here is an example of a flash fiction story told in 100 words, including the title:
Sally knew the woman was going to hurt her. She thought about running away, but the woman stood between her and the door. The woman smiled. Sally was sure there was a glint in her eye. It was obvious that she loved to torture her victims.
Sally took a deep breath. She mustn’t cry. Had all the others? She jumped as she felt the heat, sure it was scorching her skin. She closed her eyes, gasping at the pain. She had to be near the end.
One thing was certain. She was never having a bikini wax again.
See how there’s a beginning, middle and end to the story even though it’s so short.
Writing flash fiction is tremendous fun. Try a few and you’ll be amazed at how you can unleash your imagination to the full in only a short number of words.
Flash fiction is quick, easy and fun. It can also come as a welcome break or distraction from any long-term writing projects. But be warned, once you start, you may well find you’re soon hooked on bite size fiction.
My Monday Motivations image is below. Perhaps it’ll inspire you to write a sci-fi story: