I hadn’t heard of flash fiction until about a year ago though I don’t get out much.
I didn’t know that there was a growing movement towards this short style of writing. When you study creative writing, the number of exercises that start with: ‘In 300 words write a story about …’ you get a lot of practice writing really short stories.
For our FREE e-book – Just Get It Out There (see I did it again, shameless!) we set ourselves a challenge of writing a 500 word short story. Four of them made it into our book and I think we all had a great time writing them.
Flash fiction doesn’t leave you with space for superfluous words. You have to tighten your writing and get to the point, which has to be a good thing.
Writing in this style helps longer pieces as well. When editing I find myself cutting, cutting and then cutting some more. If you don’t need the word in flash fiction then why do you need it in a longer story? You don’t.
I was reading through the May 2012 edition of the Writers’ Forum magazine and there was an article on the first National Flash-Fiction Day, which is 16 May 2012. There is a website at http://www.nationalflashfictionday.co.uk/ and competition for entries of between 150 and 500 words.
The closing date is 10th April so you don’t have much time and you have to be a resident of the UK to enter. The winners will be included in an anthology.
The site also has details of flash fiction writers, some outlets and magazines for your stories and some events happening around the country. If you write flash fiction I recommend checking it out.
Thanks for reading and happy writing!