I have written five of these stories over the past two months. I really enjoy it and would like to talk with others about things like optimum length, titles, flow of the story etc. If you haven't heard about this, I can share what I have learned as well.
Interesting concept. Soooo Once upon a time, The End? Something like that? LOL
You can see I need educating.
Reminded me of a running skit on "Little Britain."
Haha heavenleigh, Try, "Soooo Once upon a time they lived happily ever after. The End." Now that is a Flash Fiction. I'll have to go back to your profile and see if you have dabbled in FF or not, I see.
Actually, I am very excited about Flash Fiction right now. I sent one of my first attempts to a place in the UK which offers to review and assist in editing stories. It is their way of promoting and improving this type of fiction. After we worked on my story, I submitted it to be considered for entrance into a writing contest. It was accepted and is now published on that company's web page. I followed up with one that I did not have help with and it was also accepted and published on the site. Before either of these successes, I had sent my very first FF story to them and it was rejected for the contest. So, I have learned a little and have a great deal more to learn.
I always smile when I see you have arrived at one of my hubs to comment. Thanks for your support in this up and down and hopefully up again business of writing.
Okay, now instead of writing for the evening I'm watching episodes of Little Britain:) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E27v-jmR … =endscreen
I feel like the only writer in the villiage! LOL
Paraphrasing the barmaid...."Heaveleigh, silly woman. You could have had a bit of a good book there. I am the only writer in this village.
You truly are watching it. I'm impressed! Ask your friends in the UK how to properly go about spelling "vill -i- age" - I'm not sure either. Ha ha ha!
What a hoot of a show!!!
I've read some flash fiction, and I find it delightful. They often seem to end comically or with a twist, two literary devices I enjoy immensely.
Have you published any of your flash fiction on Hubpages? I'd love to read it. Oh wait -- I'm just going to go to your profile and check for myself.
I have recently discovered Flash Fiction also. We actually used it as our daily writing exercise in my senior-level Creative Writing course in college, and I fell in love with it. I use it to warm-up for my writing pretty frequently. It's a great character exercise, too.
hayleejalyn, then you have some experience with it. Some people actually write series of related FF stories. I'm not sure I am into that though. I like the challenge of packing it all into one. This has shown me how much fluff is actually in what I normally write. It is teaching me to edit as I write. Good to meet you.
I've written flash or micro fiction. It's nice to challenge yourself in different ways. I also like limited word writing. Where you write a story in exactly 50 words. Not one more or one less. I've tried limited characters too, not just on Twitter posts but that's one way to do it. Can you tell a story in 140 characters or less?
I've read about limited word and limited character writing, but have not yet tried it. It does sound challenging. I took all of my FF off HP for now. I'm using them in contests. I might put one back on that I won't be using elsewhere, but I need to change the ending slightly first.
Isn't flash fiction just a rehash of the old fashioned short story that used to be rampant up until the mid 90s when the web took over?
If so, I've written plenty, and been commissioned and paid for quite a few.
Sophia Angelique, I'm not sure what was going on in the 90s with it. I just picked it up a few months ago. The emphasis is on short and to the point. So far, mine have been as short as 264 words and as long as just under 700. I think it is improving my writing.
Really enjoy flash fiction & wrote a hub about opportunities for writers writing flash fiction recently, pop by & take a look if interested & have time...cheers
Yeah, flash fiction is one of my favorite ways to write! Although lately its getting to be just barely lengthy for flash, but still, it's fun.
Been experimenting with it for long, or just recently?
GavinWichmann, I've been writing FF since November 2012. I have 14 FF stories between HP and a site called Flash Fiction World.
It's a great exercise in word economy I find. I've attempted to write some in the past, but my ideas haven't really been strong or focused enough to end properly within such an amount.
I don't often write things where I've predetermined the plot entirely, certainty regarding plot seems to be something absolutely necessary for flash fiction.
How do any of you go about composing your flash ficton?
I have done some flash fiction myself. It's really fun and, as stated earlier by AdmiralJim, a great exercise. It's something I enjoy from time t time.
I tend to write without a predetermined end. Not always, but often. I let the story go till it ends itself, if that makes any sense. After that, I have to clean it up, throwing out anything excess. This is really where the art of flash fiction is for me. This is where it is like the work of a sculptor, cutting and chiseling until only the bare bones are left.
I've written 2 flash fictions. Readers and HP loved them. Google hated them. So much for that.
Google has no time for such things as flash fiction or short stories. It is hard to use keywords that will get the attention of a search engine. There is a site called Flash Fiction World where you can submit your stories. If accepted, they will be published there and read by visitors to the site.
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