Wouldn’t it be nice if you had a check list for writing better flash fiction? Maybe the Old Soldier can help you.
Now the following check list is just to give you a feel for what flash fiction is and how to get the most out of the form of the flash fiction story. The check list is just theory. You have to actually write a lot of flash fiction to know what flash fiction can and cannot do. Here’s the list.
- The fewer main characters the better.
- Start the story as close to the resolution as possible.
- Begin the story as close to the action as possible.
- Sex is action.
- Conflict or tension are action, too.
- Dialogue is action as long as it moves the story toward its resolution.
- Too many locales or time changes make a flash fiction story seem disjointed. Maybe fragmented is a better word.
- People fucking is not a short story.
- A single viewpoint is usually your best bet.
- Proof read your story for clarity. You never want your reader to wonder, what the hell is going on?
I hope this check list helps you as you explore the wonderful world of flash fiction.
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