Alright, so I’ve spent a few weeks (or months…I don’t know, I forgot to sleep this year) writing Flash Fiction, and I thought I’d give you my thoughts on whether or not it’s useful.
Easy answer: Yes
I’d long been skeptical of the art form, definitely from the standpoint of the reader’s experience. I mean, it seems next to impossible to write something that would be all that compelling within the range of 1000 words. Heck…many authors fail to do so in 100,000 words, how would they possibly do that in so few. ANd, to be honest, although I haven’t read much for flash fiction, I have to guess that the majority of the stuff out there really ain’t that compelling.
But that’s okay, because I’m here to tell you that for once, this type of writing isn’t about the reader, it’s about the writer.
You see, I’ve been doing all sorts of different types of writing for forever. I’ve worked on stage writing, short skits, musicals, songs, novels, novellas, short stories…you get the idea. Not until I started working on flash fiction did I realize how well the format works for experimentation, allowing you to try new narrative ideas and storytelling techniques.
And, to be honest, I’d much rather read through 1000 words of someone testing something out than I would 100,000.
So, today, I’m going to keep it short and sweet. Try doing some flash fiction. As is apparent from my few attempts, the stuff won’t be the best to read, definitely not at first. But, it may just give you some great ideas on how to express ideas in much fewer words than you had been able to do previously.
And isn’t that what we’re all really looking for here?
Like I said, short and sweet today, just like Flash Fiction itself.
Have fun out there!