Life in Writing
Great writing is neither a sprint nor a marathon; it's a combination of both. If you go slow, writing once a week or so, then your writing will never be what you what it to be. There will be no progression, in fact you're likely to get worse. If you want to consistently improve your writing you need to be writing something every day. Unfortunately writer's block is real and stories are hard to plot. Although there are ways to work through writer's block, and there are many ways to plot a story, sometimes you just have to write something other than your main story. That's where flash fiction comes into play.
What is a flash fiction?
A flash fiction is a full story with a beginning, middle, and end that is also 500 words or less. That makes each flash fiction roughly one page although some have been as short as a paragraph or two.
So Why write flash fiction?
Flash fictions force you to learn every aspect of writing on a miniature scale. You'll be able to practice dialogue, character development, scene description, and every other aspect of fiction writing within your flash fiction. And with the story length being so short you can write one very quickly. Writing a flash fiction at least once per week will help keep every aspect of your writing sharp and ready to go when you need it.
If you're interested in flash fiction, try checking out a few of these stories to see what it's like:
Saved by the Yetti
Flash Fiction Friday: The Red Planet
Or if you already write flash fiction and want to share it check out our submission guidelines.
Looking for other writing tips? Check out a few of these articles:
3 Things I Wish I Knew Before Publishing
4 Words to Cut Out While Editing
4 Things to Consider When Writing a Book Blurb
Daniel M. Quilter is the author of A Soul Divided. On this blog he'll interview other authors, review books, share nerd wisdom from popular sci-fi and fantasy, and occasionally share his insights on writing. See a list of his works or see what he's working on.
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