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East of Constantinople, West of Shanghai

Flash!(-fiction)

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photodune-8326461-lightning-xsI never was very hot about flash fiction – while I still like short stories best, I don’t like too short stories. Six thousand words is my ideal length, followed by ten thousand.

According to Wikipedia

Flash fiction is an umbrella term used to describe any fictional work of extreme brevity, including the Six-Word Story, 140-character stories, also known as twitterature, the dribble (50 words), the drabble (100 words), and sudden fiction (750 words). Some commentators have also suggested that some flash fiction possesses a unique literary quality, e.g. the ability to hint at or imply a larger story.

As I said, not my thing.
But it is important to try new things.
And also, I just signed a contract that requires me – among other things – to write six 1000-words, self-contained stories.
So I went back to Holly Lisle’s page, and I enrolled in her free course How to write flash fiction that doesn’t suck – that sounded exactly like the sort of thing I might need.
Holly Lisle wrote some of the best writing books I ever read (and some excellent fiction, too) and I found her old course How to self-publish when broke absolutely illuminating.
So, off I went.

And it works – or at least, with a modicum of preparation, I was able to nail a 1000-words self-conclusive story that does not suck, and that will probably make my client happy.
One down, five to go.

And there are further considerations at work, right now.
Firstly, there is a number of pretty active paying markets for flash fiction – and it would be stupid to ignore them.
Secondly, it’s a nice way to work out the kinks during bigger jobs – like taking a vacation, bringing back the fun of writing.
Thirdly, might be a good way to bring life into old series projects that went nowhere because of time limitations.

And then there is the short-short story + blogthing, but I’ll have to think about it and plan it with care. But I guess my readers might like some free fiction, right?

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Author: Davide Mana

Paleontologist. By day, researcher, teacher and ecological statistics guru. By night, pulp fantasy author-publisher, translator and blogger. In the spare time, Orientalist Anonymous, guerilla cook.

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