While I was in graduate school my instructors and classmates were generally supportive of my efforts to master the very short story. The best compliment I got usually went something like, “This is so good. It would really make a great long story or even a novel.”
It wasn’t until after I graduated that I realized that the flash fiction story gets its impact not in spite of its length but because of it. It is the drama on the page, where nothing is wasted, where each word must be the right word in the right place that allows flash fiction to do so much in such a small space.
This is the power and the beauty of flash fiction.