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

Wednesday

Wednesday Therapy: Write To Confront Your Fears Through Action

…for that need to face the fear of uncer­tain­ty with each word, and as Lacan tells us, even our words con­tain only an uncer­tain approx­i­ma­tion of the Real, but still we set out word after word, like bread­crumbs and bricks…

Tuesday

Flash Chapbook Review: Cooper’s Phantasmagoria Is Fantastic

Thomas Cooper’s flash fic­tion col­lec­tion Phan­tas­mago­ria is a grip­ping 44-page com­pi­la­tion of intense short pieces con­struct­ed on themes of love and loss. T

Thursday

Thursday Flash Craft: Desire & Narrative Structure in Writing the Short Short

Nar­ra­tive-based flash pieces tell a sto­ry. The basic struc­ture of such a nar­ra­tive might go some­thing like this: (1) some­thing cre­ates a very strong desire in the char­ac­ter, a desire which cre­ates the need for (2) some kind of action(s) to ful­fill this desire, lead­ing ulti­mate­ly to (3) a resolution/revelation.

Monday

Flash Guest David Aichenbum: Physical Fiction

My plan was to write a sort of struc­tured mini-essay, care­ful­ly laid out. But I chanced upon a few mat­ter-full para­graphs writ­ten by Flan­nery O’Connor.

Thursday

Thursday Craft: Flash Is a Machine of Compression

If I had to fill in the blank for flash–flash is a machine of [blank]–I’d say that it’s a machine of com­pres­sion. What exact­ly does that mean, then, for the flash writer?

Tuesday

Flash Guest: Jordan Blum Describes a Different Kind of Workshop

Clear­ly, a much more help­ful and seri­ous approach is need­ed, and I believe I have one—workshops should focus on only a few con­crete sug­ges­tions that will tru­ly affect the piece, and every­one involved should know what will be dis­cussed ahead of time. 

Monday

Chapbook Review, Put Your Head in My Lap: Stories by Claudia Smith

The sto­ries in Clau­dia Smith’s PUT YOUR HEAD IN MY LAP are heart­break­ing in their hon­esty. Noth­ing is sug­ar-coat­ed and while read­ers may feel the need to look away from the raw emo­tion dis­played on the pages, their eyes can’t help but be drawn back. 

Thursday

Four Must-Read Steps For Revising Your Flash Fiction

You’ve writ­ten some flash, and now, before it’s com­plete, you must revise in order to get the piece to be the best that it can be, whether you’re look­ing to sub­mit it for pub­li­ca­tion, or sim­ply share it with friends and col­leagues.