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Post by Reffy on Fri Mar 12, 2010 2:27 pm

Okay, so ya'll don't know my dirty little secret ... brace yourselves!

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I -LOVE- writing Flash Fiction! *Phew* That feels better!

"But, Reffy! What is Flash Fiction?" ... *facepalm*
"And how is it dirty, Reffy?" ... *bigger facepalm*

Flash Fiction is basically an extremely Short Story ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flash_fiction ) The amount of words per Flash Fiction market varies. Some say its under 100 words; others 1,000 words. I usually just set myself a minimum target and then write. It is a good challenge. (Lowest I have found yet is 55-words! Which you'll get to see below!)

It feels dirty in a way because you can write it really quickly. Also, a lot of the descriptions are snipped out. There is no overly "flowery" stuff to be found here. Nitty, gritty and generally entertaining! Some are just stories, others are philosophical, a lot can be funny. There really is no "wrong" ... that is unless you intended to call a 5,000 word story Flash! heh.

"But why would you write such a short story?"

Why not? A lot of really good authors use Flash Fictions to figure out their characters for a major Novel! They set their characters up in a situation and start writing on it. The exercise usually provides a really good "snap-shot" in to what the character would do. It is also a lot of fun!

Bored, write a Flash Fiction. Got a weird idea, write a Flash Fiction. Want a challenge ... well, you get the idea! Very Happy

Here's some tips to help anybody interested in giving this a try: (A lot of it says basically what I just said but whatever Razz You might find it helpful!)
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But what is flash fiction? Depends on who you ask. Some feel a story is flash fiction if it is under 1000 words. Others feel it must be under 500 words to be in that category. Regardless of which one you believe, flash fiction is fun to write.

Flash fiction is similar to writing poetry. Every word must count when you write a poem and the same goes for short fiction. It takes discipline and a ruthless ability to only use the words necessary to tell the tale. You must accomplish a lot of things right away: introduce the main character, set the stage and prepare the reader for the story. And do this in a minimum number of words.

So, how do you accomplish this feat of writing magic? I am glad you asked.

1. Before you write, know what your story is going to be about. You should have a clear theme in your mind while you are writing. This is not the plot of your story, it is the message you want to pass on to your reader, what they will take with them when they finish your story.

2. Effective flash fiction stories deal with one event or time period in a character's life. This is not the kind of fiction vehicle to write your character's life story. It is one to use to write about one pivotal moment and its outcome.

3. Keep the number of characters down to the bare minimum. Every new character adds a new dimension to your tale and will require words to introduce, describe and resolve any conflicts. Keep only the characters who aid your main character along his journey.

4. Focus your story plot along one subject. Write the theme of your tale down and keep it near you while you write. Refer to it during the entire writing, and editing, time. Do not let your mind stray from that theme.

5. Pick each word carefully. You do not need a long, involved description of the character's bedroom in a flash fiction. More is not better here. Give your reader a quick snapshot of the settings and events, enough to fill in the gaps without wasting your precious words.

6. Do not forget to use emotions to move your plot forward. Emotion is a powerful writing tool, one that writers sometimes forget about. Happiness, sadness, loss and elation are all emotions readers can identify with, so use them!

7. When you edit, do so with a sharp eye. Now is not the time to become sentimental about your "words", now is the time to cut the ones that are not expressing your story theme. Slash overly descriptive scene, remove aimless dialogue, and only keep the words you need to tell your tale.

8. Flash fiction can be used for other things as well. It is a great way to get a better handle on a character from another story or novel you are writing. Take a character you need more insight on, give them a task and let them solve the problem quickly. You can use this type of story to learn more about your character, even if you never use it in a longer story.

Flash fiction stories are fun to write. They test your ability to tell a story concisely. With practice, flash fiction can become a wonderful writer's tool for you. (Copied from Writers Tips!)

So, anyways, I'm going to use this thread to show you my Flash Fictions! (No point posting them in separate threads considering some are only 55-words long!) I hope you enjoy reading them. Comments are welcome. More often that not the review is longer than the Fiction itself - don't worry if it is! I don't mind. (I'm currently trying to get published in the Flash Fiction market. I'd show you the one I submitted but there is rules about that kind of thing! Sad )


I would also be -honored- to see other writers posting their Flash Fictions here! Don't be afraid or think it is silly! If you had fun or enjoyed it then that is all that matters!


"Writing a Flashy is akin to drawing a day-dream-doodle with a meaning. In the same way that writing a Novel is like painting a masterpiece." Reffy


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Re: FLASH FICTION!

Post by Reffy on Fri Mar 12, 2010 2:30 pm

(This one is by far my favorite! 67 words)



Flash Fiction: Bus-Route Rain


Rain pelts the bus with rage. I sit, watching as it trickles down the window, washing away the dirt. I find myself selfishly wishing that troubles could be just as easily dissolved. Everyday a new problem arises and I stuff it into a little box in the back of my mind. Soon that little box will overflow.

I need a torrential-brain-storm.
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Re: FLASH FICTION!

Post by Reffy on Fri Mar 12, 2010 2:32 pm

(Exactly 55-words!)


The Morning Coffee

The World zooms past in a blur; the merry-go round continues; day in, day out, relapses. But life is at a stand-still for the coffee drinker and the first sip of the blended roast. The sweet taste that lifts the morning haze. Today will be a good day; it was yesterday; it will be tomorrow.
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Re: FLASH FICTION!

Post by Reffy on Fri Mar 12, 2010 2:34 pm

(Exactly 55-words)


The Wish

You only get one wish in life and I used my wish at age ten. I wished I would get older quicker so I could eat ice-cream and stay up late. Now the days go by so quickly; I don't have time for ice-cream - only bills. I wish I had never made that wish!
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Re: FLASH FICTION!

Post by Kalon Ordona II on Fri Mar 12, 2010 2:50 pm

The Wise Knight

The brightly armored knight rode boldly up to the cavern-cave's mouth. Grimly a dragon's head poked out, green and tired and most unpleasant. Stepping into the light it asked "Well? Why don't you run!"

"I thought you'd be taller."

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Re: FLASH FICTION!

Post by Reffy on Fri Mar 12, 2010 3:09 pm

KO! I love it Very Happy Beautiful punch-line (last line reveal!)

Did you just write that? Or was it something you've had for a long time but never shared?

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Re: FLASH FICTION!

Post by Kalon Ordona II on Fri Mar 12, 2010 3:27 pm

I just wrote it now; it was very fun! xD
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Re: FLASH FICTION!

Post by Acid Varrakin on Thu Mar 18, 2010 6:25 am

Mine got a little long, but it's still under 500 words.

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The Whirlwind
Dust spiralled high in the centre of the road, twisting, looping.

Distantly, a car – old, rusted, louder than an explosion in a corner store – rumbled slowly up the gritty trail, backfiring in minute-and-a-half intervals. Within shouting distance of the sandy spiral, the driver tried to ease the brake pedal into the floor, cursing as the engine stalled and he lost power. His wife gave a cold, stony glare.

The car spluttered as the key turned in the ignition, eventually wheezing to complete inertia. The wife took her phone from a faux-crocodile handbag – to the miserable sight of an empty coverage gauge and a flashing red battery. She opened the door, wary of the whirlwind in the distance, and waved the phone in the air.

No luck.

Beep.

The battery went dead.

The wife and her husband made a silent agreement to walk further up and try to find some help. The whirlwind looked to be receding anyway.

But it wasn’t. With each step they took closer, the torrent of red dust grew thicker and stronger.

“Let’s go back,” said the wife, unnerved.

“No,” said the husband. “It ain’t that big. We can go around it.”

They veered right.

So did the whirlwind.

They veered left.

So did the whirlwind.

The wife ran, terrified, back to the car. The husband ran after her.

So did the whirlwind.

Dust spiralled high in the centre of the road.

Twisting.

Looping.

Laughing.

(238 words)
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You're right; that is fun! :p
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Re: FLASH FICTION!

Post by Reffy on Fri Mar 19, 2010 1:17 pm

Oooo I like that Acid Very Happy A little "flowery" for a Flashy but it suited the story Very Happy

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Re: FLASH FICTION!

Post by JohnChristopher on Sun Jun 13, 2010 7:04 pm

I can't press spoilers to reveal the words inside, so I'm missing out on somethings :p

I'd love to write some of these after reading everyone's (except for Acid...darn spoilers) so I'll probably post a few in the near future (:

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Re: FLASH FICTION!

Post by Kalon Ordona II on Sat Jul 23, 2011 7:48 am

Veni. Vidi. Calcavi.

Into the cobwebbed, dusted wood-plank room my searching soles arrive. In the dimness a sound attracts my vision, dust-mote clouds muting, rising, roiling, settling, waiting. From the corner a black shape at last approaches in challenge, pricking the dust with its feet. My feet are bigger.

Stamp! Grind. Grind.

I came. I saw. I trod.

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NO HOMO

Post by Guest on Sun Jul 24, 2011 4:48 pm

NO HOMO

Two people sitting at a small table. Eating in silence. One is GEORGE, the OTHER is PHIL.
PHIL says: "I had a dream about you last night."
GEORGE picks at his food. He forks a baby carrot into the mashed potatoes.
"What kind of dream?"
"You and I were sitting on a sofa in the woods."
GEORGE looks up, startled.
"You mean together?"
PHIL says yes.
"Were we touching thighs?"
PHIL says yes.
GEORGE shoves his chair from the table and stands up. He's flustered. His face is red and his breathing is shallow.
He says: "GODDAMNIT PHIL, I KNEW YOU WERE A HOMO!", and storms out of the room.
PHIL makes a sour face. And then proceeds to eat GEORGE'S baby carrots.

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Re: FLASH FICTION!

Post by Blackrock on Mon Jul 25, 2011 2:00 pm

Something I quickly wrote while waiting for a tedious half an hour to pass.


Edge of Steel

Spring. The cherry blossoms are in full. The wind blows lazily from the west, soft and shy, like a virgin's kiss. Every now and again, a stronger gust makes itself known, sending countless blossoms, in various shades of white and pink, racing through the grove.

He stands before me, clad in steel and honour. His face is a mask, peaceful and emotionless. I carefully draw the blade from its sheath; the steel grinds against the treated wood. He does the same, our movements are fluid and precise.

The swords are raised, I take a step forward. So does he. I stare into his eyes, he stares into mine. I gaze into his soul, he gazes into mine. In this moment of complete stillness, even the grove seems to grow silent. For this is the moment when the outcome is decided.

And then there is movement.

Steel meets hardened steel, will meets iron will. The blades are locked and then I pull back. So does he. A short pause, another moment passes and then the dance of swords resumes. He brings his blade down on me in one quick strike. I step to the side and bring my sword across his stomach, in one swift, fluid motion.

The body falls, spilling red across the white and pink. I angle my blade towards the ground and wait. The blood quietly drips from it, until it is clean. The blossoms around us have taken on a darker hue.

The wind blows from the east and it whispers the song of death.

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Re: FLASH FICTION!

Post by Sy23 on Mon Feb 20, 2012 9:42 am

The editor was desperate, "Our masthead promises twenty stories every issue," he moaned, "each one containing Religion, Royalty, Sex-interest and Mystery. I've just done the layout for the latest issue, and there's only nineteen! And to make it worse, there's only a few lines of space. I can't afford to drop any of the ads - what the ^%$% am I gonna do?"

"Fear not," said the mag's finest writer, and scrawled the following:

"Good heavens," said the Queen. "I'm pregnant. Who done it?"

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Re: FLASH FICTION!

Post by Kalon Ordona II on Mon Feb 20, 2012 5:43 pm

Naming the Sword of Fate

"To get to the Forbidden Forest, you have to cross the Forbidden River at the Forbidden Crossing. Once inside the Forbidden Forest, you must make your way along the Forbidden Road to the Forbidden Castle, which is guarded by the Foreboding Dragon."

"Right, so-- wait! the what kind of Dragon?"

"Foreboding."

"Oh. Really? Hmm."

"What is it now?"

"Sorry, it's just that it seemed out of place. Sure it's not the Forbidden Dragon?"

"Don't be silly; there's no such thing as a Forbidden Dragon."

"Well... if you say so."

"Can I continue with your instructions now?"

"Oh, sorry. Yes."

"Yes, what?"

"Yes, please."

"That's better. Now, you have your sword?"

"Yes, but... all of a sudden I don't think it will work."

"What do you mean? You've augmented it with the Jewel-Cave's Tear, the blood of the Red Dragon of Flame, the Crystal Light of Ynq, and even virtue from the Purplejuiceberries of Ypt! It is forged of Hardmetal! It has been sharpened by the teeth of the White Dragon of Sparkles! And if that weren't enough, it has been blessed by the Seven Triangular Wizards of the Circled Square, the King of Highspots, and even the Goddess of Fast-Thinking! How can you possibly feel that your sword is inadequate?"

"I just think it should have some sort of title... or something. Is there a Forbidden Sword, for example?"

"That is forbidden."

"Aren't the crossing and the river and the forest and the road and the castle forbidden?"

"That's different. You would actually have to wield the Forbidden Sword."

"...That actually makes sense. Dragon-Steeth! Hmm... Oh very well, then! I shall achieve victory with my naaaameless sword."

"You don't sound very happy about it."

"I'm not. Say I win, what will the bard's say? 'He struck down the Forbidden Evil of Doom with his... Sword!' How could I live with myself?"

"You are so impossible. Fine. Fine! What do you think your sword should be called?"

"It won't do if I name my own sword. That'd be... self-serving."

"Who should name it, then?"

"Well... I was hoping maybe you could..."

"I will not! Participate in something so silly? I don't think so!"

"...that is, assuming you could come up with a name that's good enough..."

".... .... You doubt my ability to conjure a Name of Doom?!"

"...maybe a little...?"

"Doh! How dare you! How about this?! Your sword shall be... Mister Sword."

"...are you in earnest?"

"Of course I am."

"Mister Sword? It doesn't even have a 'The' to it."

"The Mister Sword, then."

"'He struck down the Forbidden Evil of Doom with The Mister Sword.' .... No, I'm afraid that won't do. We could go back to the Wizard of Ghoulash's house..."

"That impossible, miserable excuse for a chef?"

"Well he did come up with Ghoulash, didn't he?"

"Fine; if you like him so much, what about the Sword of Ghoulash?"

"...No."

"The Purplejuiceberry Sword?"

"...No."

"It has got purplejuiceberryjuice in it, you remember."

"Yes, I know. No."

"How can you 'know know?'"

"No I mean I know, but no."

"No you don't know?"

"No! Just no!"

"Oh, I see. Well what sort of name do you want, then?"

"A Name of Doom, like you said. With a 'The.'"

"Something better than Mister Sword?"

"Yes. Something much, much better than Mister Sword."

"Master Sword?"

"That's just the same thing."

"Gah! Alright, alright! Let me think.... What about... The Sword of Doom!"

"Too ominous. It sounds like I might get cursed."

"The Sword of Happiness?"

"Nah, that sounds like it won't do any harm."

"The Very Harmful Sword."

"No."

"The Dangerous Sword of Fatality!"

"...Feels a bit contrived, don't you think?"

"Of course it does! I'm making these up on the spot!"

"Just come on! Best name you got!"

"All the best names I can think of are already names of other swords."

"Fine, let's go back to the Wizard's place."

"No! He'd just name it after some yet-unimagined food!"

"It's better than wasting time here."

"The Fairy Sword!"

"I'm going."

"The Human Sword!"

"That's just silly. Nobody would take me seriously."

"The Dragon Sword!"

"Nobody would believe it."

"The... The Sword of Fate!!"

"Oooh... not bad.... Not bad at all!"

"The Recommended Sword of Fate! It'd be the opposite of the Forbidden Evil of Doom."

"Ehh, yes... but I think that's going a bit too far."

"Fine, then; Fate it is. I hereby name this sword The Sword of Fate."

"Ahhh. Splendid. I feel much better now."

"Fantastic. Are you ready to go, now?"

"Yes, I think so."

"Finally!"

"What?"

"Oh, nothing. Off you go, then."

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Bingo

Post by Circe on Thu Mar 01, 2012 9:21 pm

I think my favorite so far was Edge of Steel by Blackrock. I think it was the second sentence in the third paragraph that told me what was actually going on. I absolutely love how the mannerisms and mindset were all that was needed to make clear not only the characters, but the conflict itself. An excellent example of word conservation benefiting a piece more than purple prose ever could.

That said, I have a contribution of my own. Written in about two minutes after being issued a challenge in October, I give you:

Bingo
The hall was quiet. More quiet than a bingo hall should be. The lights flickered above me, casting ghoulish shadows against the wall and tricking my mind into seeing phantoms that were not there. Bodies lay about me, limbs akimbo in the staccato darkness, their faces contorted in masks of fear and agony. I looked toward the podium where the bingo caller lay. Where his face had been now lay only a bloodied cavity, dark and wetly glistening when the light revealed it. I looked down at my hands, their familiar gray now painted gory blackish-red, and slick with the vital fluids of the octogenarians strewn about me. I wished that I could control the lust and hunger that forced me to destroy such pretty things, but as I licked the blood from my claws, I knew I didn't mean it.

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Re: FLASH FICTION!

Post by Sy23 on Fri Mar 02, 2012 11:11 am

I hope Circe doesn't pay a visit to a club with poker machines next!!!! Smile

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Re: FLASH FICTION!

Post by Circe on Fri Mar 02, 2012 5:08 pm

Motes of dust and smoke drifted on lazy air currents through the crimson satin and velvet lined gaming parlor. It smelled like a burnt, snuffed out candle, among other things. I picked my way cautiously through the sea of broken bodies, shotgun at the ready should anything that aught not to be moving show signs of ignoring reason. The blood spattered throughout the parlor added a glistening sheen to the satin and velvet, and the fragments of bone looked so much like confetti that I had to smile; they knew how special today was. I always told myself that I would get an extra special treat if I ever made a royal flush. Well . . . . Hello Jackpot!

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