(Editor’s Note: This post was first published on 13 February 2014.)
Let us review some of the principles of flash fiction composition. Every time a writer sits down to compose a flash fiction short story, he or she has an opportunity to take the reader on a psychic journey of discovery. Because the flash fiction story consist of only a few hundred words, the journey is always a short one. Even so, it is a complete journey.
One of the principles of composition encourages the writer to choose the right word and to use it in the right place. This not only helps with the flow of the story, it also enhances the clarity of the story. You never want the reader to wonder what is going on.
Another principle of composition says that much of the story must be implied if the story is to resonate, if it is to have depth. Here the writer should always keep in mind that the reader is a partner in the creative process. Without the imagination of the reader to fill in the blanks, at best the story will remain flat and at worse it simply will not work.
If the writer provides the right dots in the right order the reader will connect them.
The flash fiction story has a very simple form: a beginning, a middle and an ending. This is the classic form of all short stories. I personally like to think of the form in terms of the setup, the buildup and the payoff.
And one more principle of composition should be mentioned. Conflict has always been the engine that drove narrative movement of the short story; but since flash fiction is so short it may be useful for the writer to think in terms of tension. This works especially well for erotic flash fiction: foreplay, building sexual tension and finally orgasm.
I hope this list of some of the principles of flash fiction composition will give you a better idea of the inner workings of the flash fiction story.
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