No, it’s not about neked authors writing on the run (although it could be), it’s a writerly style.
One of the first known usages of the term “flash fiction” in reference to the literary style was the 1992 anthology Flash Fiction: Seventy-Two Very Short Stories. Editor James Thomas stated that the editors’ definition of a “flash fiction” was a story that would fit on two facing pages of a typical digest-sized literary magazine. In China the style is frequently called a “smoke long” or “palm-sized” story, with the comparison being that the story should be finished before the reader could finish smoking a cigarette.
When’s the last time you read an entire story in one sitting?
And no, I don’t mean the kind of “sitting” where you got up for snacks and drinks between chapters, or where you lolled about the yard whilst flipping page after page, or where you hogged the couch with a sunrise to sunset bumm-to-cushion affair. I mean the kind where you had a few tick-tocks to rub together whilst your kid ate an apple. Or the kind where you hopped foot to foot outside the bathroom door, waiting for a vacancy.
Fiction in a flash.
Not to be confused with fiction in a flask (although it could be) because that just, well, might get me in trouble with your family.
Back to the lesson, folks… I’m sorting out a rather lengthy and stressful writing project, and sometimes (most of the times), piles and reams and folders of pages choke my thinker. So, what’s a girl to do? Write super short stories – also known as Flash Fiction. No pressure. No demands. No expectations. Just dragging fiction ink across a page (or two). And, being done with it in a whiz-bang flash.
Are you game?
For both, I hope.
Let’s use this image for our first photo prompt Flash Fiction piece.
You may “borrow” it to your site, write a little ditty, and then next Friday (Lord willing and the creeks don’t rise), I’ll post my piece and a linky-do-hicky for you to add yours.
750 words or less.
Poetry is allowed too.
… flash fiction often contains the classic story elements: protagonist, conflict, obstacles or complications, and resolution. However, unlike a traditional short story, the limited word length often forces some of these elements to remain unwritten – that is, hinted at or implied in the written storyline. Different readers thus may have different interpretations.
~ .~ Wikipedia resource.