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Five Tips To Help You Write Flash Fiction

First off… what exactly is flash fiction? Generally, it’s a story told in one thousand words or less, making it ideal for writers who are looking to challenge themselves. Flash fiction is also known as short-short, short-short story, and micro-fiction; however, micro-fictions are known for being three hundred words or less.

So, how do you write them? Here are five helpful tips to perfect your flash fiction story.

1. Don’t worry about the length during your first draft; you can leave the word counting for when you start to edit your story. During the editing process, you can take out your red pen and be as ruthless as you like with unnecessary parts of your story. However, before then, your main focus should be to get the story written.

2. You should only have one main character. With such a limited word count, you don’t have the space to introduce multiple characters, especially if you want the reader to connect with them in some way. If you do need to involve minor characters, keep it to no more than two extra characters.

3. You must remember that flash fiction is still a story; it just happens to be a very short one. It still needs a beginning, a middle, and an end. It also needs a theme and conflict. Flash fictions are also known for having twist endings that pack some punch to finish off the story with an impact.

4. You need to focus on the smaller idea. Your story may be about a couple breaking up, but instead of focusing on the whole relationship, you should focus on the one part of the relationship that caused the break up; for instance, the final argument.

5. You need to start the story from the middle of the action. You don’t have time to build up your story – you simply need to drop your readers in the middle of the action, and have them hooked from the beginning.

So, there you have it - five ways to help you write flash fiction. Happy writing!

 Written by Nicole Simms

 

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