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Flash Fiction

My flash piece, "Just Before Recess," is now live at Flash Fiction On Line.  If you give it a looksee, let me know.

I've been very interested in the flash form for a long time.  I think I really jump started myself into serious writing years ago with a series of very short pieces I called "Guns and Bugs."  Now, I'll use short shorts to prime the pump when I'm feeling stuck, or to give myself a sense of closure if I've been working on a long piece.  Both my Seven Sentence Story post and the Natural Narrative vs. Literature dealt with creating flash fiction.

Other resources for writing flash fiction include G.W. Thomas's article on "Writing Flash Fiction," Jason Gurley's "Flash What? A Quick Look at Flash Fiction," an interestingly visual approach at "Writing Flash Fiction Using Bubble Diagrams," there's "Ten Reasons to Try Flash Fiction," and a nice interview with Michael A. Arnzen "On Writing Flash Fiction."

Also, there is the vastly underpriced short-short story subscription service Bruce Holland Rogers offers.  If for no other reason, you should click on this link to see the Alan M. Clark illustration for it.

On another note, I saw a pleasing reader reaction to Summer of the Apocalypse here.  



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Mar. 3rd, 2008 01:39 pm (UTC)
I really enjoyed it! Great stuff.
Mar. 4th, 2008 04:26 am (UTC)
I agree. I love writing a good flash piece to break the motonony of working on a novel or novella.

It's also a great way to try writing from a different point of view, voice, or tone than you usually write. There's less at stake when expirimenting with a shorter piece than with a novel. If a gimmick for a short story doesn't work, its pretty easy to get over. But when you realize a novel won't work out after about 20-30,000 words, it can be really disheartening. I've got a few of those sitting on my hard drive.

Congrats on the reader review of Summer of the Apocalypse. I need to pick up a copy. It sounds pretting interesting.
Mar. 4th, 2008 05:12 am (UTC)
Sometimes I'll have flash piece ideas while I'm teaching class, and I hurry to write them down the first break I get.

Even with shipping and handling, Amazon is probably your best price for the book if you're interested at http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_ss_gw/102-3646058-4135362?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=summer+of+the+apocalypse&x=0&y=0

You can also order it through Fairwood Press at http://www.fairwoodpress.com.
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