We writers have been brought up on the concept of the necessity of conflict in fiction. There are three basic kinds of conflict. There’s conflict (or doubt) within a character. There’s a character in conflict with nature; and there’s a character in conflict with another or others. Of course, you can have more than one kind of conflict in the same story.
Because flash fiction is so short, the conflict may not be obvious. That’s why I sometimes like to substitute the word “tension” for conflict. Then the writer just has to release or resolve the tension. This works great for flash fiction about sex.
Yes, it always comes back to sex. Why does it always come back to sex? Because there would be no flash fiction without sex. Because there would be no one to read or write flash fiction without sex.
This is the Old Soldier reporting from Pittsburgh on a hot (90s), muggy day.
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