(Editor’s Note: This post was first published on 10 December 2014.)
I don’t know if the outline is still taught in school; but I do know that outlining my first flash fiction stories definitely helped me to become a better writer of flash fiction.
First off, I knew how my story was going to end. This was extremely important. It meant that everything that did not contributed directly and efficiently to my ending (words, descriptions, characters and so on) could be cut.
I would do one, two or three drafts until I had the story just the way I wanted it.
So, if you’re having trouble writing your flash fiction, try doing an outline first.