make it snappy: telling a short-short
Mad in Pursuit writing resource
Flash Fiction by G.W.Thomas. 7 points for success.  The small idea to build on. 
Bury the preamble in the opening.  Start in the middle of the action.  Focus on one powerful image.  Make the reader guess until the end.  Use allusive references -- but not too obscure.  Use a twist.
Writing Flash Fiction Using Bubble Diagrams. A technique to get you going.
Flash What? A Quick Look at Flash Fiction by Jason Gurley. Advice for self-editing and markets for your work.
Who Wears Short Shorts? Micro Stories and MFA Disgust. A critique. Is the short-short just a device for MFA students to "get published"? Do people who love a good story read these things?
Brevity. A journal of concise literary nonfiction (with good articles on craft)
Six-Word Fiction. Very short stories, inspired by Hemingway. Wired No. 14.11
300 Words. Award-winning series of short essays by Brady Dennis, St Peterburg Times. They highlight "ordinary" people with a story to tell. Lessons:  Capture a moment.  Find a universal theme: love, loss, death, change, new beginnings — something everyone can relate to. Not just "an interesting person."  Make sure audience knows why story is important and worth their time.  Rely on observation, not quotes. Don't interview; watch and listen.  Cut out the fat. Less is more.
400 Words. Short-short memoir for a busy world.
Pen 10. A Ning Social Network created by Olive Rosehips, specializing in writing with 10 sentences or less.
Six Sentences. Another social network
Smith Magazine. Home of the 6-word memoir.
What Is It, Really?
Flash fiction is a very short form of story-telling -- maybe only 75 words, maybe up to a couple hundred. I've see definitions that go up to 1000. A "drabble" is exactly 100 words. While the definitions take themselves seriously, I'm having a hard time distinguishing between flash fiction and a joke. Guy walks into a bar... A priest, a minister, and a rabbi... punchline. My husband pointed me toward the funny papers: self-contained stories in 4 panels.
Hasn't Reader's Digest been publishing "short-shorts" in the form of reader-contributed anecdotes for decades? Isn't that sort of what all those Chicken Soup books are about?
I have a book on "sudden fiction." The shorties seem more like little meditations on an emotional state -- not stories, where you start out at one place and end up at another. They present beautiful detailed images, but I keep thinking they must only be scenes in a larger story.
Maybe the idea is that you fill in the rest on the power of the short scene. Like Hemingway's famous 6-word story: "For sale: baby shoes, never worn." No doubting the power of that one.
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