Three Extremely Short Flash Fiction Stories by cam
About Very, Very Short...............Stories
Many flash fiction writers find it both amusing and challenging to write the shortest story they can manage while still having all the elements of a story. Of course a lot of information has to be implied by the writer and inferred by the reader, but the basics should be present in the story.
Here are two older stories of mine and one new one. I hope you enjoy them and I look forward to your feedback, especially on the one called Disparity, which is my newest story.
Whiskey Bottle Blues
Whiskey Bottle Blues-56 Words
Bruce slept in the driver’s seat with a whiskey bottle between his knees as Tina stared at him, then at the school of fish outside her window. She lay her head back and closed her eyes, thinking about how they would laugh at this dream later, even as the first drop of water struck her forehead.
Just a Little Rock
Just a Little Rock-30 Words
The couple talked on the pier until sunset. He opened a small box followed by a kerplunk.
“What was that?”
“Just a little rock,” he said as he dove in.
Elements of a Story
How is such a short story written? Editing is the key. I find it helpful to write the first draft as fully as I want and then begin taking out adverbs, unnecessary adjectives and any other superfluous words I can find. Whole sentences soon fall prey to the delete button.
This exercise teaches me to pay attention to what I'm writing, what words I'm using, how I'm describing action. I can then carry this over to all my writing, making everything much more streamlined.
Go back up and look at my stories. Can you see anyplace I could make changes so that they would be shorter, yet still tell the story? Let me know, I'd love to edit some more.
Joe looked into the eyes in the mirror.
“I’m not wearing glasses!” Alarm in the other’s eyes revealed he had also seen the disparity.
Each turned and fled.
You give it a try now. See how short a story you can write, yet still tell a whole story. What are the elements to a complete story? Lists of story elements generally contain the following points.
- Conflict, including resolution
- Plot or unfolding events
If you try this, I'd love to see what you've done. Please leave me a comment with the title of your hub and I will link to it from here. It is difficult on HubPages, because if a hub is too short, it gets a warning. I've resolved the problem in this hub by doing some instructing about the process of writing short flash fiction. Use your imagination and get a hub with enough content to get by the hub police.