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Five Steps to Writing a Solid Flash Fiction Story

Updated on June 4, 2017
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Chris has written more than 100 flash fiction/short stories.Working Vacation took 21st out of 6,700 in the 2016 Writer's Digest competition.

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How I Became a Flash Fiction Writer

So you want to write a flash fiction story, but you can't imagine fitting a whole story into one thousand words. I've written around eighty flash fiction stories over the last three years, been mentored by a flash fiction writer from the Uk and am participating in my second NYC Midnight Flash Fiction Challenge during the next few months.

In the NYC competition, after we submit our stories to the judges, we spend the following 6 weeks reading and reviewing each other's stories in the NYC forum. Then we go into the second round, after which we go back to reading and reviewing. Consequently, I have read and reviewed dozens of flash fiction stories ranging from horrible (some of my own) to outstanding (still hoping to write one of those).

As a result of these endeavors, I am beginning to understand the process of writing such short stories, and it is quite different from writing longer forms of fiction. Here are five steps that will help you write a tight and solid flash fiction story of your own. I hope you do write one, and I look forward to reading it here on Hub Pages.

You suddenly think, 'hey, that would make an awesome story.' My experience is that you had better write it down immediately, because it will dissipate into the atmosphere as quickly as it precipitated in your head.

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Step One: Coming Up With an Idea for a Flash Fiction Story

The first step in writing a flash fiction story, or anything else for that matter, is to come up with an idea for a story. One way this happens is through a flash of inspiration that occurs without warning. You suddenly think, hey, that would make an awesome story. My experience is that you had better write it down immediately, because it will dissipate into the atmosphere as quickly as it precipitated in your head.

Prompts are another way to come up with ideas for stories. I did a search here on Hub Pages for the words writing challenge, and was rewarded with ten pages of results. Many of these are challenges presented by one hubber to the rest of us and are inevitably accompanied by some kind of prompt in the form of a photo, a self interview, a painting, a phrase, a poem or a partial short story. Off the top of my head, I recall challenges presented by Bill Holland, Ann Carr, John Hansen, Jennifer Arnett and Frank Atanacio. There have been others, but these are a few relatively recent challenges.

My son and I were camping a couple of years ago and decided to sit by the fire and do a five minute free write. The single guideline was that it was to be dialogue only. That's right, not even a dialogue tag was permitted. To this day, that has been my favorite prompt and yielded one of my most treasured flash fiction stories called, Dying to Get Out.

Step Two: Begin Writing Your Flash Fiction Story

Using your prompt, or free writing technique, or flash of inspiration, begin writing whatever comes into your head. The story you want to tell will eventually emerge. But keep in mind, the first thing you write will not be the story you tell, but the story you end up telling will be in there someplace. You just have to find it.

During this initial process, forget word count, forget rules and spelling and what time it is and what's on television. Just write. Write until whatever you call what you are putting down on the paper, ends itself. You'll know when you are finished with this step. And in that mess is the story you are going to show and tell.

You'll begin to see the story emerging out of the chaos like a flower growing out of dirt and compost. It hasn't bloomed yet, but it will.

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Step Three: Finding and Editing Your Story

That's right, now you have to find the story you will tell. This is the first step in editing. Reread your initial piece of writing, looking for the thread of a story. Some parts you will keep, some you will throw out. Now, rewrite what you chose as the beginning elements for your story, and add to it as you go. You'll begin to see the story emerging out of the chaos like a flower growing out of dirt and compost. It hasn't bloomed yet, but it will.

The next step in editing is to find where your story really begins. You aren't finished throwing material away yet, but don't throw it too far because you'll be putting some of it back in later. If you chose a genre before you began, this step will be easier. Where does the genre begin in what you've written? If it's a suspense story, where does the suspense begin? If it's a mystery, where does the mystery begin? This is the true beginning of your story. In flash fiction, there is very little room for an introduction that doesn't jump right into the heart of the story.

Here is an example. Let's say your story is about someone who has been kidnapped and your Point of View is from the perspective of the victim. You could begin the story with that person having dinner around the table with their family, right? Then they go for a walk and are abducted, taken to a cellar someplace where they are bound and gagged. Well, why not begin your story in the middle of the drama? Start the story with the poor victim in the cellar all tied up. The part about having dinner with the fam and going for a stroll can be that person's reflection as they sit in the dark. See? Your story has suddenly taken off with jet engines rather than creeping along like a baby stroller.

If you haven't chosen a genre to write in, it might be helpful at this point to assign one. You'll have a good idea by this time which genre fits what you are writing. Then follow the above step to find the beginning of your story. What I've discovered, at least this is how it works for me, is that everything I've written that comes before the onset of the genre of my story, is backstory. And backstory, when placed at the beginning of flash fiction, kills the story. That's right. It's dead before it's ever actually born. Hold the backstory on the side and fit it in wherever it fits well as memories and reflections. Just don't put it at the beginning.

In flash fiction, there is very little room for an introduction that doesn't jump right into the heart of the story.

Additional Steps in Editing a Flash Fiction Story

  • Find essential characters and eliminate others.
  • Find side stories and eliminate them if they don’t substantially impact the story. Most side stories are dead ends which might be fine in a longer form of fiction, but are not appropriate for flash fiction.
  • Fit backstory elements into appropriate places as flashbacks or memories of characters. These can be a few words or a paragraph depending on your word count.
  • Smooth out sentences that are awkward.
  • Eliminate unnecessary adverbs.
  • Eliminate all unnecessary words until you are under 1,000 words, even if it hurts.
  • Reread and rewrite until the story flows the way you want it to.
  • Be aggressive and brutal in your editing. If the words don’t fit, you must omit.

And backstory, when placed at the beginning of flash fiction, kills the story. That's right. It's dead before it's ever actually born.

Steps Four and Five: Beta Readers and Rewrites

Step Four: If you plan on publishing the story, you might seek the help of a beta reader(s). Here is a definition of a beta reader from Wikipedia:

Beta readers are not explicitly proofreaders or editors, but can serve in that context. Elements highlighted by beta readers encompass things such as plot holes, problems with continuity, characterization or believability; in fiction and non-fiction, the beta might also assist the author with fact-checking.

Utilize the input of your beta reader(s), keeping in mind the story is yours to tell. Use only what you feel enhances your story.

Step Five: Continue rewriting until the story flows in a way that satisfies you. Use beta readers again,followed by another rewrite if publishing.

Summary of the Five Steps to Writing a Flash Fiction Story

Everything you need to write a well crafted story is in these five steps. I've noticed in my own writing and in that of others as well the tendency to do a less than adequate job on editing and rewriting. This is where exciting new ideas can arise including a clever twist at the end. The twist doesn't always happen, and that's okay. When it does happen, it can really spice up your story. I wish you the best of luck and lots of enjoyment as you write in this exciting, fast paced format.

© 2015 Chris Mills

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      Chris Mills 3 months ago from Maple City, Michigan

      Melissa, Thank you for those comments. Flash fiction and other forms of short stories are a good way to get the satisfaction of completing a story when you are accustomed to writing much longer works. It is one more element that makes writing fun.

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      Melissa 3 months ago from United States

      Flash fiction is really interesting to me as it seems to spark the creative juices. When I don't have the time available to sit and write a full novel flash fiction and short stories always seem like the perfect compromise!

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      Chris Mills 2 years ago from Maple City, Michigan

      Ruby, I just responded to your story along with an apology for being so late finding your entry in the challenge. See the comment at the end of your story.

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 2 years ago from Southern Illinois

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      Chris Mills 2 years ago from Maple City, Michigan

      Don, I am thrilled you are taking part. This really makes my day. Without even looking, I know that we have another fine story to add to this collection. I'm headed off to read it right this minute.

      I've noticed that the counter on the hubs seems to count some of the text that is already on there before we even begin. So I'm sure you are still under 1000. But you do have to watch out for those word count police. Ruthless.

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      Don A. Hoglund 2 years ago from Wisconsin Rapids

      I thought I would contribute something. It is called The "Coffee Shop Spirit"" However, I am not sure of the length. It was a few words less than 1.000 words on the word processor but seems to end up with more on the hub.Anyway, I sort had fun writing it.

      https://hubpages.com/literature/The-Coffee-Shop-Sp...

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      Chris Mills 2 years ago from Maple City, Michigan

      Will, I'm honored to have you taking part. I'll get right to it. I'm en route to my next contract job, driving from Oregon to Michigan and then Kentucky, so I may be a bit behind.

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      WillStarr 2 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      I took up your challenge Chris...it's called 'Blessed Forgiveness'.

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      Chris Mills 2 years ago from Maple City, Michigan

      rebecca, I hope you are able to use some of the parts of this hub. I've put them to the test many times and they work for me. I hope they work just as well for others.

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      Chris Mills 2 years ago from Maple City, Michigan

      Nadine, I hope your muse haunts you all night and you wake up inspired. Thanks for read the article.

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      Rebecca Mealey 2 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

      Ah ha, now I understand flash fiction. Even if I don't get a chance to do the challenge soon, this sure was a great lesson in writing it, and longer stories, too. Thanks!

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      Nadine May 2 years ago from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

      Nice challenge. Its bedtime for me now but I will sleep on it and if I wake up with an idea I will start my day writing while sticking to your three guidelines.

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      Chris Mills 2 years ago from Maple City, Michigan

      Shyron, I am looking forward to your "something" and don't expect anything or anybody will end up in the scrap heap. Thanks for reading.

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      Shyron E Shenko 2 years ago from Texas

      OK Cam I am hooked and like the proverbial fish out of water, I will flop around till I come up with something or get thrown back in the scrap heap/sea.

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      Chris Mills 2 years ago from Maple City, Michigan

      sujaya venkatesh, Thank you for visiting my hub, and I'm glad you found it worthwhile. Feel free to join the challenge.

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      sujaya venkatesh 2 years ago

      recounting an enriching experience

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      Chris Mills 2 years ago from Maple City, Michigan

      Randy, Yes, I like how the poll capsules are working. I've got some others now that I've customized slightly.

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      Randy Godwin 2 years ago from Southern Georgia

      For some reason I cannot respond to comments on my tale today. The responses do not work in the comment capsule. Here it works fine. HP may be pissed off at me for some reason or there may be a glitch of some sort. :(

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      Randy Godwin 2 years ago from Southern Georgia

      Chris, I like the way you added the poll to your newest tale. Works great!

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      Chris Mills 2 years ago from Maple City, Michigan

      Deb, I encourage you to give this a try sometime. There is no deadline here, so just start with step one and see where it goes. I'd love to read a flash fiction by you. Thanks for stopping in and for the very generous compliment.

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      Deb Hirt 2 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Clear, concise, and to the point! This isn't my forte, but perhaps one day I will give the challenge a try. In the meantime, I will keep learning by reading what one of the masters writes.

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      Chris Mills 2 years ago from Maple City, Michigan

      Audrey, you will not be disappointed.

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      Audrey Howitt 2 years ago from California

      Looking forward to reading the pieces this challenge generates

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      John Hansen 2 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Yes, let's all get together and do this! Put customised polls on all our hubs.

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      Austinstar 2 years ago from Somewhere in the universe

      Do you think sci-fi is:

      Weird

      Futureistic

      Scary

      Metaphysical

      Or whatever

      Customizable polls! Awesome!

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      Randy Godwin 2 years ago from Southern Georgia

      I don't edit my tales to keep them featured so I don't have anything to lose if HP takes them down. It's no-lose situation as far as I'm concerned. Even if they get picky we can simply ask a question like:

      Do you think (place genre here) fiction is:

      beautiful

      interesting

      awesome

      Or whatever

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      Chris Mills 2 years ago from Maple City, Michigan

      What the heck, I'll go stick one on the hub I just published.

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      John Hansen 2 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Randy's idea of using a poll for rating the hub is a good one. If HP want to take the vote buttons away they just have to live with it. External traffic viewers may not have utilised them, but other hubber used it as a way of showing respect for other creative writers.

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      Chris Mills 2 years ago from Maple City, Michigan

      Genna, now there is a compliment. You bookmarked my article. Thank you f0r reading and for the kind comment. The stories so far are remarkable.

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      Chris Mills 2 years ago from Maple City, Michigan

      Hey, RTG, I'm right behind you, bro. ;)

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      Genna East 2 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      I've bookmarked this wonderful how-to advice on the art of writing flash fiction. Thank you. And I look forward to reading the challenge entries.

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      Randy Godwin 2 years ago from Southern Georgia

      Egad Chris, my full name is Randy Trouble Godwin and it would serve HP right for taking away our ability to have our tales evaluated by our readers. I'll go first and see what happens! Besides, HP has pissed off enough people already so they deserve some pay back IMHO. :o

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      Chris Mills 2 years ago from Maple City, Michigan

      Randy, you rebel rabble rouser. I distinctly remember reading that the poll capsule was not to be used for evaluating the quality of a hub. I just looked for that item in the archives, but can't find it. You might want to check it out first. You wouldn't want to get into more trouble than you may already be in.

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      Randy Godwin 2 years ago from Southern Georgia

      Yes Lela, but I'm afraid I'd be too honest for the job, :P

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      Austinstar 2 years ago from Somewhere in the universe

      Excellent idea, Randy! Have you thought of running for president of the country? I would vote for another Georgia man!

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      Randy Godwin 2 years ago from Southern Georgia

      There's more than one way skin an ass.....er.....cat, Dzy. :P

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      Liz Elias 2 years ago from Oakley, CA

      OH, great idea, Randy! LOL

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      Randy Godwin 2 years ago from Southern Georgia

      I suppose we could use one of the poll capsules as a replacement for the voting whatchamacallit, Chris. I may try it on my next tale to see how it works. That'll teach 'em!! :)

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      Chris Mills 2 years ago from Maple City, Michigan

      Randy, I've had the same thought. I try to write other articles as well, but I do a lot of fiction. It's their site. They could have a required ratio of fiction to nonfiction, I suppose. Maybe I shouldn't be giving them ideas.

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      Chris Mills 2 years ago from Maple City, Michigan

      DzyMsLizzy, and I hope you do. Thanks for stopping by.

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      Randy Godwin 2 years ago from Southern Georgia

      I think HP may be trying to discourage the creative writers here by removing the voting section. After all, CW makes them nothing.

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      Liz Elias 2 years ago from Oakley, CA

      Interesting--I may give it a shot...

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      Chris Mills 2 years ago from Maple City, Michigan

      We've been commenting here on the demise of the voting buttons. I just noticed another thing lost with that. I've got a new story that is not getting an abnormally few number of comments due to the genre/content, but the views are normal. Some of these readers might have given feedback via the buttons even though they didn't want to comment. So we've reduced the options for feedback down to two, commenting and sharing.

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      Chris Mills 2 years ago from Maple City, Michigan

      Austinstar, I agree about the share button. Sharing someones hub is the biggest compliment you can pay.

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      Austinstar 2 years ago from Somewhere in the universe

      Gosh darn it, those HP people are trying their damnedest to improve this site even if it bites them on the nose! Maybe more people will actually take the time to leave real comments instead of just 'voting" and then moving on.

      There's a suggestion to make the Share buttons bigger and more convenient. I think that would be better than votes anyway.

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      Chris Mills 2 years ago from Maple City, Michigan

      Messing with my work is the line I've drawn, Randy. It's their site, but its my work. We have to have clear boundaries.

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      Randy Godwin 2 years ago from Southern Georgia

      I sincerely hope those of us who dislike the recent changes will vote with their feet, Chris. If they screw around with my work, I too will make like a shepherd and get the flock outta here. :o

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      Chris Mills 2 years ago from Maple City, Michigan

      Here is the link to the announcement concerning the voting buttons: http://hubpages.com/forum/topic/132577

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      Chris Mills 2 years ago from Maple City, Michigan

      Ruby, take your time, this will be here when your family leaves. I can't wait to see what you come up with. I know it will be creative.

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 2 years ago from Southern Illinois

      I love to read flash fiction. With your five steps listed I may come up with something. It will not occur this week as I'm having family visiting. Thank you for the challenge...Hummm a walking cane?

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      Austinstar 2 years ago from Somewhere in the universe

      What is the replacement?

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      Randy Godwin 2 years ago from Southern Georgia

      Yep Lela, HP is taking away something many writers like and replacing it with something we cannot opt out of. I hope it bites them on the ass!!!

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      Austinstar 2 years ago from Somewhere in the universe

      What ? No voting buttons? Noooooooo.....

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      Chris Mills 2 years ago from Maple City, Michigan

      Mary, I was hoping you would find this challenge. I'm looking forward to seeing how you interpret these prompts. Have fun with it. By the way, I just went up and looked for the voting buttons, and they are gone from my page too.

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      Mary Craig 2 years ago from New York

      Leading us like sheep, I love it. Of course I'm going to have to try this challenge.

      The only thing that upsets me is I can't find any "voting buttons". I'm viewing this in AOL so thought that might be it but when I moved to Firefox, still no voting buttons!

      Anyway, thanks for the lesson and the challenge.

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      Randy Godwin 2 years ago from Southern Georgia

      Gee whiz Chris, I don't how I missed it! LOL!

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      Chris Mills 2 years ago from Maple City, Michigan

      Randy, it's just below the final photograph, the one of the mountain with "Writing Challenge" written across it. There's another just like it at the top of the article. You aren't a dumb...ass. There's nothing dumb about you. :)

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      Randy Godwin 2 years ago from Southern Georgia

      Hey Chris, I've published my entry but don't how to find where I'm supposed to post the link. Yes, I am a dumbass at times! :D

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      Chris Mills 2 years ago from Maple City, Michigan

      Hi Larry, Thanks for reading. No pressure and no hurry, but always welcome to take part.

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      Larry Rankin 2 years ago from Oklahoma

      it's an interesting concept. Time is the issue. If I get a chance, I'll give it a go.

      Great hub.

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      Chris Mills 2 years ago from Maple City, Michigan

      Shauna, I appreciate you sharing that. Very nice. Yes, it is difficult to tell a story in so few words, but when we learn what is most appropriate to leave out, then there are more available for the right stuff. I do think my steps in this hub will make a difference for those who don't write FF very often. Good luck and I'm excited to see what you come up with.

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      Shauna L Bowling 2 years ago from Central Florida

      Chris, I love flash fiction, thanks to you. I wasn't really familiar with it until I started following you. Thanks for the five steps.

      It's very hard to write a story in so few words, but I think I'll give your challenge a shot.

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      Chris Mills 2 years ago from Maple City, Michigan

      Hi John, I hope you can take part, but I know life can be busy. Cackleberry farming is time consuming work.

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      John Hansen 2 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Hi Chris, hopefully I get the time to write a story for this. I will certainly try. Great hub explaining the process and interesting challenge.

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      Chris Mills 2 years ago from Maple City, Michigan

      Go for it, Ann, and have fun writing.

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      Ann Carr 2 years ago from SW England

      Thanks, Chris. That's perfect. Now I can get my teeth into it!

      Ann

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      Chris Mills 2 years ago from Maple City, Michigan

      Awesome, can't wait to read it.

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      Randy Godwin 2 years ago from Southern Georgia

      Thanks, Chris! I've already completed my attempt, but I'll go over it a few times till I'm happy with it. Cheers! :)

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      Chris Mills 2 years ago from Maple City, Michigan

      Randy, yeah, $1000 prize. I'll pay for it out of my HP PayPal account.......over a period of a century.

      Absolutely use photos. It's your hub as always. Great to have you along for the ride.

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      Randy Godwin 2 years ago from Southern Georgia

      Seriously though, can we use photos?

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      Randy Godwin 2 years ago from Southern Georgia

      I sure hope to win the $1000 1st prize you're offering, Chris. Very generous of you! :P

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      Chris Mills 2 years ago from Maple City, Michigan

      Audrey, I'm glad you stopped by. Flash Fiction certainly would not be the format of choice for someone who likes to wax eloquent in their writing. You can enjoy the stories that others write and we will enjoy the kinds of writing you like to provide for us. Thanks for reading and commenting.

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      Chris Mills 2 years ago from Maple City, Michigan

      Ann, I'm so glad you will participate. No problem about waiting. We'll just keep it up and running as long as people want to participate. Drama, it is quite different from the other genres of fiction. We won't be writing plays, just normal stories. Let's use this as our definition for the challenge.

      "We say that drama is mimetic which means that it imitates life. You may have heard people say that drama mirrors life. Yes, it is the only branch of literature which tries to imitate life and presents it realistically to the people. It is this mimetic impulse of drama that makes it appeal to people."

      http://anang0592.blogspot.com/2013/01/drama-as-lit...

      This has enough in it to guide us here. Drama in writing is like a Soap Opera. It presents us with real life situations. I hope this helps.

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      Audrey Howitt 2 years ago from California

      I love reading flash fiction, but find it difficult to write--I am too verbose really for my own good--this was an excellent article--and good luck with the challenge

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      Ann Carr 2 years ago from SW England

      What a great lesson in how to write flash fiction, Chris! It's set out so clearly and it all makes perfect sense.

      I will have a go at your challenge but it might not be straight away as I've got lots going on in the next week or so - visitors to entertain. I'll do asap.

      One question - does Drama mean we've got to write a play or does it mean the story has to be dramatic? I might sound stupid but I'd rather be clear about what I'm supposed to do!

      Excellent hub, Chris - I'm copying it to put on the 'desktop' for future reference. Also sharing. And thanks for including me and my little girl!

      Hope all's well with you.

      Ann

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      Austinstar 2 years ago from Somewhere in the universe

      Yep, the temperature is just too damn high. Got to cool off under the a/c here in Texas. I wish I had some Georgia peaches though, Randy. Sounds lovely.

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      Randy Godwin 2 years ago from Southern Georgia

      I agree, Lela! A power nap is good for inspiration, especially for us old timers. :P

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      Chris Mills 2 years ago from Maple City, Michigan

      Austinstar, that is practically unbelievable. 400 words already? You deserve a nap. "Slave Cane," I'm getting a mental image and you've got my attention. Can't wait to read it.

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      Austinstar 2 years ago from Somewhere in the universe

      Well, I did get it started before I forgot what the 'flash' was, LOL. Tentative title is "Slave Cane". Hope that give you an idea about what the story might be about. Got 400 words already.

      But time for my nap. This life of a retired person is so strenuous :-)

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      Chris Mills 2 years ago from Maple City, Michigan

      Randy, yes, give it a go. In the words of Rob Schneider, "You can dooo eeet." Thanks for stopping by, and I look forward to reading your story

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      Chris Mills 2 years ago from Maple City, Michigan

      Austinstar, It's great to have you along for this one. If you have the story idea already, then you should have it posted by the end of the day, right? :) Thanks for reading and taking part.

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      Chris Mills 2 years ago from Maple City, Michigan

      Elsie, I'm thrilled to hear that you are in on the challenge. Time limit? Yes, sometime this century would be good. Thanks for reading and participating.

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      Chris Mills 2 years ago from Maple City, Michigan

      Bill, I'm glad you found the article helpful. I'd love to see a story by you, but you do a heck of a lot of writing already. Thanks for jumping in here. I appreciate the read.

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      Randy Godwin 2 years ago from Southern Georgia

      Hi Chris, I'm considering trying another FF story, but as you know, I'm a bit long winded. Great advice on this hub! :)

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      Austinstar 2 years ago from Somewhere in the universe

      Well, this hub kind of hit me upside the head and in flashed a glimmer of a story idea, so I'm in!

      I like challenges as much as the next writer. Good luck to all and I hope we get a nice collection out of this one.

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      Elsie Hagley 2 years ago from New Zealand

      Yes! I like your challenge, will certainly have a go, as soon as I find time in my busy life on a winter farm.

      Is there a time limit?

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      That's what I'm talking about...real steps to take in order to properly write a flash fiction. I'm a paint by number sort of guy when it comes to directions, so this was very helpful. Thanks!

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      Chris Mills 2 years ago from Maple City, Michigan

      Colin, Great, glad to have you along. Check the prompts again. I had to make a change in order to avoid violating the NYCM Challenge copyright. I think it's fine since it isn't verbatim now.

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      Colin Garrow 2 years ago from Kinneff, Scotland

      Oh I do like a challenge! Just have to come up with something to fit your brief and then try a bit of your aggressive and brutal editing. Well, we'll see. Nice one, Chris, should get some interesting results.