(Editor’s Note: This post was first published on 24 October 2014.)
What are these ideas that make for great flash fiction stories? They’re your ideas, but you may lose them if you don’t write them down. (I mean you’re serious about being a writer, aren’t you?)
Which means you should always have a pen and small notebook, or a pencil and a piece of paper…or something (to write with and on) with you at all times.
Well, maybe not in the shower. But you get my drift.
An idea for a great flash fiction story may come to you while you’re walking down the street. Or while you’re drinking a latte in a fancy café. Or while you’re drinking a beer in your favorite neighborhood bar. Or while you’re riding on the bus.
An idea for a great flash fiction story may come to you in the middle of the night while you’re asleep.
You wake up. Snap on the lamp on the side table. Pick up the pen and the pocket notebook on the side table. Write down the idea. Read it over. Smile to yourself. Put the notebook and the pen back down on the side table. Snap off the lamp. Go back to sleep.