We’re rounding up Season One this month. That means it’s about a month until we take the best stories from each month and wrap them up in our Season One: Rebirth anthology! Along with our winning stories, we’re featuring award-winning and best-selling authors. Here they are today, stopping by to answer the question
What do you like about writing flash fiction?
I enjoy the challenge of flash fiction. It forces a writer to get to the heart of the story. To be as concise and compelling as possible—a useful skill for writing projects of any size.
I also find the ultra-short perfect for many of the extraneous, I-don’t-know-what-to-do-with-this ideas that invade my mind. Those notions that aren’t big enough for a novel, but are too good to waste.
You can create a satisfying emotional wallop in an hour… as opposed to months writing a novel!
Flash fiction is a challenge to write a tight story in 1000 words; a beginning, middle, and end that packs a powerful punch in every word.
I love writing flash fiction because it is easy to do–just a couple of hours rather than spending a couple of years on a big novel. I feel like I can relax into the story and enjoy the process more.
Flash fiction is a fun challenge to write. You have to focus on only the bare essentials of a story, without the distraction of having too much space to wander, narratively speaking. Writers are trained to be economical with words, and flash fiction forces the point. It’s also a great way to sample a longer story, to test how it and its characters feel on the page. And if we do our job well, it gives readers a quick shot of entertainment and something to ponder.
It’s your turn. What do you like about writing flash fiction?