(Editor’s Note: This post was first published on 20 September 2008)
I haven’t seen the latest Batman movies. I don’t have cable TV. But a couple of nights ago I watched “Batman Beginning” on my rabbit ears TV. Why did Batman the comic book hero fascinate readers for years and now still fascinates movie goers? Because Batman is a good guy with major issues. He’s a good guy with bad in him; and he has very good reasons for having issues.
If you are a flash fiction writer make sure your good guy or good girl has at least one issue to deal with. This makes your protagonist a round character. A round character has “internal conflict or doubt.”
Every flash fiction story is about one significant event that is given closure.