Friday Flash – “Second Thoughts”


He woke to daylight.  He hadn’t thought there were any cracks last night when they’d dumped him in the hole.  He hadn’t been able to see the stains on the ceiling either, which he now confidently told himself were rust spots.

Focusing his attention on the square of light, he weighed the possibility of fitting his arm through the hole.  A shift in the rock could bring the roof – or worse, the wall – collapsing down on him.

He tested the strength of his desire for revenge, and decided it was a good deal greater than his fear.

I love miniature…everything.  Bite-size cheesecake, dollhouse furniture, toy dog breeds, and diminutive ponies.  If it’s tiny, I’m in love.

Flash Fiction is a wonderful exercise in brevity (and feeds my fascination for all things Lilliputian).  Camille Renshaw, in her article The Essentials of Micro-Fiction, offers the following ingredients for creating your own dessert-sized prose:

  1. Length and form obviously matter. (The average micro fiction will be less than 400 words, with some exceptions that reach as much as 750 words. The form is strictly prose.)
  2. Be willing to edit and re-edit.
  3. Soul-stirring Language: Choose your words carefully. You’re using so few.
  4. Imagery: In such a short space some thread must hold the story together. A recurring image can always do this.
  5. Make it tight: Use a minimum of words.
  6. Play against expectations. Let the narrator tell the reader one thing, lead him in one direction while the text leads the reader in just the opposite.
  7. Implication: The key requirement of a literary short-short is implication. There’s no room for life stories. Just enough for resonance. Know the difference between a situation and a story.  Tips to accomplish this:
    • Use a directive last sentence that gives narrative insight or opinion.
    • Make rereads necessary or at least inviting.
    • Close with a phrase that sends the reader back into the story.
    • Know when you’ve made your point.

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