He had farmed for near fifty years, and it seemed the sun was finally setting on all his unplowed acres. Leaning against a corner post to catch his breath, his eyes swept up to the farmhouse where a speck of cotton dress picked its way across the field.
“Papa, it’s supper time, not morning.”
“I know that. But you’re my little morning glory flower, my ray of sunshine. You want to help me water the horse ‘afore we go in?”
He tugged at one worn leather glove so her tiny hand could rest in the cocoon of his calloused palm.
She had been gone for near fifty years.
A college course on Contemporary Multicultural Literature begins with “Flash fiction is also known as ‘very very very short stories’. It’s not something new. According to Jerome Stern, the earliest flash fiction appears in the Bible…All those biblical stories tell you events that happen between Jesus and his disciples. They’re short with a didactic message behind. And exactly because of this reason, you remember them very easily.”
I wouldn’t claim to have such noble intentions for my own flash fiction, but there are some pieces I’ve come across that I admit to being inspirational- both in the reading and the writing.
I especially appreciate the professor’s recognition that “despite its short length, writing flash fiction is not any easier than writing a longer piece because you have to demonstrate the skills of condensing drama with a word limit.”
As writers, we’re used to taking our time to build the suspense and anticipation before the big dramatic moment. With flash, or micro, fiction there’s no time – or words – to waste. Our choices must plunge the reader directly into the story and bring them to an immediate state of shock or surprise.
Are you a Drama Queen (or King), and love the surprise of Flash Fiction?
What is your favorite technique that writers use to immerse you in the story?
Leave a comment below, and link to your own flash fiction if possible.
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- Friday Flash Fiction – “My Cup Runneth Over” (kbnelson.wordpress.com)
- Friday Flash Fiction – “Missed Connections” (kbnelson.wordpress.com)
- Friday Flash – “Drip” (kbnelson.wordpress.com)
- Friday Flash Fiction – “Old News” (kbnelson.wordpress.com)
- Friday Flash – “Change of Plans” (kbnelson.wordpress.com)
- Friday Flash – “Pilgrimage” (kbnelson.wordpress.com)
- Friday Flash – “Reconnaissance” (kbnelson.wordpress.com)