Friday Flash – “Change of Plans”

It was not the way she had planned it.  She had imagined the darkened room, the first crimson splash of wine in the glass like blood flames.  The rehearsed words of love, apology.  A regretful smile as she patiently waited for him to finish the drink and lapse into the deepest, most irrevocable sleep of his tiresome life.

The evening ruined, she glanced first at the dwindling sun beyond the trees, then at a pleasingly sharp rock at her feet.

“Looks like we can’t make it back in time for that drink tonight.”

“That’s okay,” she replied.  “This will turn out better after all.”

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So what is flash fiction?  WritingHood says the following:

There are many definitions for flash fiction.  Most of the definitions have to do with word length.  The best definition for flash fiction may be, “flash fiction is a significant event with closure.”

That’s it.  Using this definition a writer can write a 100-word story or a 1,000-word story and feel comfortable that the story is flash fiction.  The difficult part is coming up with an idea to write about.  Using the above definition of flash fiction a writer can write about any subject.  The writer can write about love, relationships, family, friends, …men, women or money.  It doesn’t matter as long as the subject matter fits into “a significant event with closure.”

Here are 10 significant events.  You probably can think of lots more.  How the events turns out (closure) is up to the writer.

  1. The beginning of a relationship
  2. The end of a relationship
  3. A birth
  4. A death
  5. A marriage
  6. A divorce
  7. Leaving home for the first time
  8. First love
  9. First job
  10. Any realization

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Friday Flash – “The Burn”

  They had watched the glow from beyond the hills all night, desperation winking at them with each new blaze that framed the remaining trees.  Their former lives curled into the smoke that mixed and churned the sky; a supernova brilliance that swallowed all they had known.

They shuddered on the brink, the earth dropping away behind their backs into a chasm with no crossing.

Each one wondered which would reach them first – the fire, or the dawn.

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Writer Pamelyn Casto states, “The writing and reading of flash fiction is presently a worldwide phenomenon. It is rapidly increasing in popularity in the United States and Canada where it is offered in more and more fine literary journals. Further, translations are pouring in to English speaking journals from all around the world. In Latin America, where such work has a long tradition, it continues to thrive. It is also flourishing in China where it appears in magazines, journals, and daily newspapers. In Italy it is enjoying renewed life under the influence of futurism and prose poetry. I find it especially exciting that in Cyprus it comes in just behind poetry as the predominant mode of published literary writing.”

  Want more Flash Fiction? Visit these Friday Fictioneers for more 100-word heaven! (If you have a flash fiction piece to share, please leave a link in Comments!) You can also visit the originator of the photo prompts, Madison Woods, or follow the gang on Twitter – #FridayFictioneers.

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Friday Flash – “Drip”

 Water dropping from a tap.  Lara followed the drop’s descent to the surface of the water.  She had wanted this bath.

She had anticipated its soothing warmth all through the difficult day, considered which scented salts to measure into its depths.

She focused her remaining energy on the toe of her left foot.  It would not touch the lever that released the floodgates.

Her salvation.

Her throat began to close on the earlier “nightcap”.  Only her eyes could shift up and down, up and down.

His shoes blocked the strip of light beneath the door; his hand rested on her forehead,

and pushed.

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Flash Fiction is all about brevity.  Here’s 5 Tips to Flash Fiction from Guy Hogan:

  1. Flash fiction captures a moment in time.
  2. A flash fiction writer is someone who can write short on long subjects.
  3. The flash fiction writer presents the dots in such a way that the reader can connect them.
  4. The flash fiction story is really two stories: the surface story and the implied story.
  5. The form of the flash fiction story is the setup, the buildup and the payoff.  It is best to keep the setup short.

  Want more Flash Fiction? Visit these Friday Fictioneers for more 100-word heaven! (If you have a flash fiction piece to share, please leave a link in Comments!) You can also visit the originator of the photo prompts, Madison Woods, or follow the gang on Twitter – #FridayFictioneers.