(Editor’s Note: This post was first published on 20 October 2014.)
Before you can write a flash fiction story, you need an idea of what the story is going to be about. First the idea and then the story. (That’s usually the way it works, but I’m not going to go on record as saying it’s the only way it works.)
Hello hello hello, all my fans of flash fiction who live all over the world! The blogging day has begun. It will be a cloudy day in The ‘Burgh and the high will be around 50. The Steelers play the Houston Texans in Pittsburgh tonight on Monday Night Football. The Steelers and the Texans are both 3 and 3 for the season. But right now I’m looking forward to my first bowl today of Ramen Noodles with green peppers and onions and a piece of pre-cooked chicken.
But I digress.
So, where are all these great ideas for flash fiction stories? Why they’re all around you. You just have to be in a flash fiction state of mind to find them. And what is a flash fiction state of mind? It’s a constant awareness that everything you do, everything you see, hear, taste, touch and smell, every memory and every dream and every experience that you live through is raw material for your flash fiction.
You just have to filter all this raw material through the form of the flash fiction story: setup, buildup and resolution.
If a flash fiction state of mind becomes second nature to you, your imagination will generate a life time of great ideas for your flash fiction stories.
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