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

Monday

Tasha’s Tips for The Aspiring Writer: Read Widely

I’m con­vinced that through read­ing wide­ly we inter­nal­ize the archi­tec­ture of how sto­ries are told. We sub­con­scious­ly sense when a good sto­ry is being told to us, and the oppo­site is also true: we under­stand when a sto­ry is not being told well. 

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.”