Three Small Flash Fiction Stories- Flight from Home, Fight with Monkey & Clinging Down Railway Track
What is flash fiction? Writing a flash fiction story
Take some thrilling incidents that can take place in real life which may require immediate decision or action and weave a few lines around it just like my ideas of a dream depicting flight from home and other real incidents of the fight with a monkey or clinging down a railway track. You need not complete the full story. Leave something for readers to conclude or interpret it in their own way. That is flash fiction - telling an incident much appealing to senses and mind within few sentences or phrases.
You will automatically come to understand the meaning and get an idea of flash fiction stories by reading my below narrated three stories of flash fiction.
About the Writing Challenge
Our Hubber friend Chris Mills has issued a challenge to write very small flash fiction stories while writing his Five Short Stories at this link: "Extremely Short Flash Fiction: Three Stories by cam"
He challenged the writers to write any type of small story that is told in very, very few words. Even though he told his stories in a very short manner covering within 50 words or so, he did not prescribe any limit to the participants for the words.
So, I am putting my efforts to tell three thrilling short stories in my own style, taking some exciting and shocking incidents that may happen in real life at times leaving you perplexed for a while.
Flight from Home- A Flash Fiction story
She was walking briskly with despair in that hot summer day. An auto stops. She climbs into it and reaches an isolated deserted temple in that haunting midday and sits in a corner weeping at her fate undecided what to do. A stranger approaches and asks her to come with him. Suddenly, she opens her eyes.
Fight with A Monkey- A Micro Fiction Story
He was descending the stairs along with his wife. Suddenly a monkey attacks at a curve. He gathers all his courage and gives a heavy punch with full force on its face. Monkey gets bewildered. It stares into his eyes and retreats back giving way.
Clinging Down to the Railway Track- Flash Fiction story
It was summer holidays and they were enjoying a walk on the railway track to reach their destination quickly. Suddenly, a train horn sounds from behind and they run for safety. But one of them was not fast enough and the train approached nearer. In a fraction of the second, he hangs himself holding to the cemented portion of the bridge, clinging downwards on water. The train passes while he is still gasping with terror. Never again do they dare to think of committing such feats.
The railway track
Cast your Votes
Which of the three stories you liked most?
Generating Flash Fiction Story
Below is a video which gives you some hints as to generating a story with creative ideas and descriptive words that tell much in very few words. The story should have a main character, a place, a plot or situation that creates excitement and conflict in mind needing quick decision or awakening. You can see in the above stories how the main characters faced unexpected confrontations with a monkey or frightening situations of an approaching train while he is still in the midst of crossing the bridge. The spontaneous reactions in his behavior and the smart actions taken by him tells the story. The result is based according to actions of the person tackling the situation or according to the reader interpreting the story.
How to generate Flash Fiction Ideas
Some Facts about Flash Fiction
- Flash Fiction stories are considered to be of a length of up to 300 words by some writers whereas others consider even a 1000 word story as flash fiction.
- Flash fiction stories are further referred to as small flash fiction, micro fiction, short-short stories, very small stories, palm-sized story, sudden fiction, postcard fiction, etc.
- Whatever may be the length, the main purpose of flash fiction is to tell a story in very fewer words as possible.
- The length of the story should be so as to be read within very few minutes, say even in a minute or two.
- It should contain a character, a plot or incident, and a sudden twist at the end.
- Many writers have even tried micro-micro stories of very few words as 6 words, 12 words and 18-word stories.
Even a picture tells you a short story
A famous Six Word Story
"For Sale: baby shoes, never worn."
- This story is supposed to be written by Ernest Hemingway.
Some of the Famous Story tellers of Flash Fiction & Short stories
- Aesop of "Aesop's Fables" who was a slave and storyteller in ancient Greece before 6th century BCE.
- Japanese Zen teacher Muju of "Zen Koans" or Zen parables, written in the Japanese language during the 13th century and later translated into English in the 20th century.
- Ernest Hemingway
- Lydia Davis
- Chris Red Martiny
- Arthur C.Clarke
- Merrilee Faber
- David Joseph
- Joyce Carol Oates
- Ray Bradbury
- John Cage
- Shruti Parthasarathy
One sentence story- "Tomorrow"
"I go through everything in the house, sifting through drawers, books, clothes, collecting regret; tomorrow I'll decide if I should burn the pile or not."
- By Shruti Parthasarathy
Getting Ideas and how to write the story
- Writers get ideas from observations, incidents, imaginations, and creativity.
- They observe everything with an eye of how to utilise and plant it in his story.
- You can watch nature, trees, plants, sky, sea, waterfalls, caves, valleys, mountains, clouds, rains, sun rise, sun set, people, their actions, habits, clothes, eating styles, culture, or animals and their behaviour, or places, events or any stuff that can be the background for your story.
- Create a plot, run the story, introduce characters, create incidents, give twists, take your readers all along emotionally and excitingly tied up with the characters and then end it with some positive or negative result that leaves the readers wondering about it.
Meeting a writing challenge
So, this is my way of telling stories and I have done my part of meeting the challenge by putting forth my three flash fiction short stories above.
Now, it can be your turn to read and rate my stories and my work.
And, I also hope that most of you, whoever not participated in the challenge till now, will participate and come up with your exciting stories.