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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. Continue reading


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Flash!(-fiction)

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. Continue reading


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Flash! (fiction)

I’m struggling with flash fiction.
Well, ok, it’s not a titanic struggle, but still it’s giving me problems.
Now, there is not a proper definition of flash-fiction in terms of word-count: you’ll find a wild range of figures, from below 300 to up to 1000, and beyond.

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But let’s say, for the sake of discussion, that I’m working on a 1000 words story.
It’s hard.
And what makes it hard is genre. Continue reading