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Why We Write Flash Fiction

Cia

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How do you write flash fiction? Well, there’s really only one requirement: Keep it short! How short depends on the game, or prompt, or you… but the difference is you write the story planning to make it as concise as possible without sacrificing the image and scene you’re trying to convey. It’s a challenge to write something that pulls in readers without having a lot of time to do backstory or a long adventure.

 

So why do people like writing flash fiction? For me, it’s a different kind of challenge from my usual novels. It reminds me to not repeat words or visuals, which I struggle with. I asked several other authors who are playing with the Pick Two noun game why they like writing flash fiction, and here’s what they had to say:

 

Dolores Esteban says: I think it's an interesting feature to get your creative juices flowing.

 

Aditus says: Flash fiction: no lengthy introduction, no elaborate plot line, no sophisticated ending. Just quick and dirty. What's not to like?

 

Lyssa says: I`d like to write this, because it is fun, keeps my brain busy and I never did something like this in English and I really cherish a new challenge

 

Puppilull says: When I go through patches where my brain isn’t cooperating and the flow just isn’t there, it feels good to write something, anything. Lately, I’ve also tried to challenge myself to write shorter pieces, so I have to work on being to the point. Flash fiction is the thing for that.

 

Mikiesboy says: I like to write flash fiction because it's a challenge. You have to measure what you're saying, and select words carefully. Where i used to post, they often had ultra short fiction challenges -  a story in 20 words… those were fun!!  Anything like this, forces you to think and step out of your comfort zone! 

 

Valkyrie says: I like to write flash fiction because I find it helps me get my mojo back when I'm stuck in a rut.  It's also fun to see where the story leads.  I never plan out flash pieces, but rather let the characters drive the action.  I will also sometimes use flash pieces to work on a particular skill.  Such as working on writing in third person, descriptions of characters or settings, or technical exercises such as writing in first person without using the pronoun "I".  I never know where flash pieces will take me, and sometimes they lead to longer works.

 

BHopper2 says: Most of the flash fiction I've written has not be published. It's little stories I've written about my Role-playing Characters over the years. I do it for a couple of reasons.

1. To fill in the gaps of what my Characters do "off-stage."

2. For practice, in getting my writing skills better.

3. I love it.

 So far on GA, I've only done two flash stories from prompts, this game, and a little intro to my main story. I hope to publish more soon.

 

Want to check out some of these authors’ flash fiction? We have a Writing Prompts forum dedicated to the site prompts which are shared weekly. There’s always something new to enjoy in there! If you want to try your hand at writing some flash, give it a shot. There’s a ton of prompts to choose from, or keep an eye out for more games coming in the future like the past Grid & Dice Game and the current Pick Two noun game. Players in those games have their stories in site newsletter features

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It allows me to experiment and learn my trade at the same time. I love prompts. :P

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Sigh, I'm hopeless at short stories... :no:  and at the end of the chapter people ask for more :lol: 

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I actually managed to write a quick one hundred seventy-six word prompt (#332) story once. It's harder than people think to write something so brief, especially if you're a real talker out here in the world of spoken words and conversation.

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They are really fun! I got three Prompt Stories I have with the Betas, #572, #573, and #579. I like the "First Lines" and some of the "Creative" prompts. Though some, like Spiders and Mermaid/Merman/Merperson(?) or the Word Lists are ones I haven't tackled just yet.

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I write it because I'm working on a masters degree and my time for writing things that don't have Sigmas and integral symbols is limited.

 

I have some L  O  N  G    T  E  R  M  long projects like Hammerhead, Gemini and couple of others but my time is limited.

 

My Flush fiction gives me a chance to keep writing without my typical overnighters. 

 

The way I write on my big projects, I write overnight when the phone and doorbell isn't ringing and distractions are at a minimum.

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10 hours ago, Carlos Hazday said:

Flash fiction can be a rewarding challenge. I wrote a bunch of them under the Trooper Tales banner and loved the reaction to the puns and innuendos I wrote around the adventures of Colorado State Trooper Drew Espinosa.

 

I think my shortest prompt response was less than 10 words and it still told a story.

cool..love to read that C... 

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I was just pondering writing some flash fiction last night. Cia is evidently psychic. Perfect timing.

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Cia, any chance we'll see more flash games, or things like a story in 18 words or something?  

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40 minutes ago, Mikiesboy said:

Cia, any chance we'll see more flash games, or things like a story in 18 words or something?  

Sure. I like to keep the newsletter features and challenges simple, so flash fiction pieces fit the bill, but I don't want to do the same thing every time. I have a variety of games and challenges I've searched up to use for author fun, and I'm always open to ideas from members too. Just shoot me a PM if you (or anyone else) has a specific idea.

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