Writing flash fiction

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For 75 words, it's really hard to get some kind of a plot in there - but it might be possible following the Story Grid technique. 5 Commandments of Storytelling: What They Are and How to Use Them

  • Inciting Incident (Causal/Coincidence)
  • Progressive Complication (Active Turning Point/Revelatory Turning Point)
  • Crisis (The Best Bad choice/Irreconcilable goods)
  • Climax
  • Resolution
If you gave each of these just one sentence, you could do it, I THINK.


A faerie flew through my window. (Inciting incident: coincidental)

I didn't know they were real. Behind her were other things I'd hoped were not, and they call to me. (Progressive complication: revelatory turning point)

Now, I have a choice: follow the fairy, lose my humanity, and join the Dance, or refuse... and die of old age, but still myself (Crisis: best bad choice)

Only a fool would say no. (Climax: decision time)

Good thing my heart's turned to stone by the time my wife, too late, calls my name. (Resolution: the result of that choice)

74 words. :D
 

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For 75 words, it's really hard to get some kind of a plot in there - but it might be possible following the Story Grid technique. 5 Commandments of Storytelling: What They Are and How to Use Them

  • Inciting Incident (Causal/Coincidence)
  • Progressive Complication (Active Turning Point/Revelatory Turning Point)
  • Crisis (The Best Bad choice/Irreconcilable goods)
  • Climax
  • Resolution
If you gave each of these just one sentence, you could do it, I THINK.


A faerie flew through my window. (Inciting incident: coincidental)

I didn't know they were real. Behind her were other things I'd hoped were not, and they call to me. (Progressive complication: revelatory turning point)

Now, I have a choice: follow the fairy, lose my humanity, and join the Dance, or refuse... and die of old age, but still myself (Crisis: best bad choice)

Only a fool would say no. (Climax: decision time)

Good thing my heart's turned to stone by the time my wife, too late, calls my name. (Resolution: the result of that choice)

74 words. :D


Smoke? Fire! Help! Water! Extinguished.

Have I done it in 5?;)
 

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For flash, I find the simple three stage model better:
Have a beginning, middle and end. The rest will fall into place.

Also, these models are great for making us think about structure etc but don't forget that telling a story is what you're after and trying to force these into 75 words might kill the flow.
 

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Recently my muse seems to have gone on holiday and I've missed the last two 75 worders and the 100 worder

So I've been doing some research to try to kick-start myself into action

And here are the results of said research. A ton of articles in which other flashers might be interested












 

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Also, did we know there is a National Flash Fiction Day?


National Flash Fiction Day 2023:
We're celebrating our 12th National Flash Fiction Day
on Saturday, 24 June 2023!

2023 FlashFlood
Submissions for the 2023 FlashFlood are open for one week only, from 00:01 BST on 30 April to 23:59 on 6 May 2023.
 

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"Write your first draft knowing no one else will read it. Be as creative and crazy as you like. Have fun"

Another quote I like from one of the previously posted links to www.writers-online.co.uk
"Stories aren’t written but rewritten, and you have to have something to revise – a complete first draft. The purpose of this draft is not to get it right but to get it written"
 

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My 2018 resolutions include entering most 75-word, 100 word and 300 word competitions on the Chronns AND only entering if I’m satisfied that the quality of my story is up to par.

To that end, I googled “writing flash fiction”.

Stories in your pocket: how to write flash fiction

Flash Fiction: What's It All About? | The Review Review

Flash What? A Quick Look at Flash Fiction

Unfortunately, there is a world of difference between theory and practice, so I’m still as stumped for ideas as before. (Writer’s block, anyone?) But here are some of the things I’ve learned (maybe):

Write long and edit short. I’ve always been delighted and amazed that my first drafts are usually within a word or two of the target length, but perhaps I’m losing something by skipping the trimming process.

Start the story in the middle. I know this; I just forget it sometimes.

The denouement is not the end of the story. Follow up with something to keep the reader thinking about the story. I’m not sure about this. What do you think?

Use allusions. This never seems to work for me; readers rarely seem to pick up on my allusions, whether they’re to Shakespeare or to Monty Python.

I’m not sure that this has helped; the opinions of readers and voters are what really matters. I know that some Chronners have a talent for writing stories with a wow factor that I can’t resist, or hope to emulate, and I’m often amazed when their stories don’t get more votes.

So what do you look for when voting? What are your guidelines for writing a story for the competitions?
My suggestion would be: With such limited space you have to rely on the reader's imagination, so think carefully about what imagery you can provoke in their minds with a few, or individual, words.
 

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