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Flash fiction


FlashFictionThere’s something I really find hard to write, and that’s flash fiction.
Flash Fiction is usually described as fiction within the 1000-words length.
A “proper” flash fictionshould have a beginning, a middle and an end, just like a short story or a novel. Only, everything should be fitted in less than 1000 words.

Right now I’m trying to do a 600-words piece that will go into a game book.
I have the characters, the story, the dialogue. The plot works. The hooks are all in the right places. Only, I am helplessly long-winded.
But I’ll do it – because I have set tonight’s at 10 PM as my deadline.
And yet, the problem remains.

My inability to write this kind of shorts is particularly frustrating.
First, because it is an obvious limit of my writing skills, and nobody likes to have limits to their skills, especially limits of the obvious kind.
Second, because it’s the sort of narrative format that works great as a giveaway or a post on a blog.
It fits a Telegram post or a mailing list message.
Third, because there is a paying market for flash fiction, and no freelance writer can afford to miss a paying market.

So, in the next weeks and months, I will try and find the time to write a flash fiction each day.
No more than half an hour for the first draft.
Most of the stuff will be rubbish, but that’s OK.
I’ll bury it deep into an encrypted folder on my hard disk.
But hopefully a few good pieces will emerge.
And I’ll find a buyer for those – or post them here.
Or give them away somehow.

I’ll keep you posted.

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.

2 thoughts on “Flash fiction

  1. In the 70’s they were just called ‘vignettes’.

    Then again Flash Fiction sounds more 21st century.


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