Flash Fiction: for writers, readers, editors, publishers, & fans

Thursday

What Writers Can Learn From Claudia Smith Chen’s “Window”

As a writer, I’m drawn to flash fic­tion and short-short sto­ries that pack a raw, emo­tion­al­ly charged punch. In this piece, I am in awe of how Chen uti­lizes descrip­tive details, action, and movement–plus oth­er lit­er­ary devices–to pro­duce a pow­er­ful, com­plete sto­ry in less than 150 words. In this arti­cle, I dis­cuss the tech­niques I admire.

Tuesday

Showing, Not Telling, In Flash Fiction

As some­one who is new to writ­ing very short fic­tion, I have recent­ly re-learned the impor­tance of the tired old Eng­lish-class phrase “show, don’t tell.” 

Tuesday

Entering Into Flash: Beginnings

As a begin­ner, one of the most dif­fi­cult aspects of flash fic­tion is just that: how to begin.

Monday

Tasha’s Tips for The Aspiring Writer: Send Your Work Out

Sub­mit­ting my work for pub­li­ca­tion was some­thing I was utter­ly clue­less about before start­ing an MFA pro­gram. But I soon came to real­ize that there’s a whole lit­er­ary world out there that’s look­ing for good con­tent to pub­lish.

Friday

Flash Review: Insects Are Just Like You And Me Except Some Of Them Have Wings

The thir­ty-five sto­ries in Kuzhali Manickavel’s col­lec­tion Insects Are Just Like You And Me Except Some Of Them Have Wings allow the read­er to enter into a strange world, like ours but not, in which char­ac­ters take in the col­ors of their sur­round­ings just as vivid­ly as they cat­a­log the hap­pen­ings inside their bod­ies and minds.