Flash Fiction & How It Helps Writers

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The fun about writing flash fiction is that it doesn’t take all that long. There are some great lessons that I’ve learned in writing flash fiction that may be of help to you, too.

BTW – for those who are readers – these short stories range from 55 words to 1000 words. They are quick to read on that busy schedule you have.

The challenge for the writer is to include setting, plot, characters, conflict, and resolution in a short number of words. Most writers actually find it easier to write 200 pages than a short story.

The number one lesson: use words economically.

Earnest Hemingway once took the challenge of writing a complete story in six words! Known for his brevity that sounds like quit a challenge even for Hemingway. His story:

“For Sale: Baby shoes, never worn.”


Author: diannegsagan

Dianne G. Sagan has written over 25 books and more than 300 articles in her 20 years as a ghostwriter and published her own work traditionally and indie. She writes fiction and nonfiction. She's an experienced speaker at writers' conferences in the region and an experienced facilitator for writers classes and workshops.

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