Flash fiction consists of writing an entire story in a thousand words or less. This constraint imposes significant restrictions on what the writer can do, but written right, flash fiction tales can pack power way out of proportion to their length. The tricks and techniques needed to write effective flash fiction, though, are different from those used for novel-length, or even traditional short stories. Until now, these tricks and techniques had to be learned the hard way...through the path of rejection.
Author and editor Michael A. Kechula has written and sold hundreds of genre flash fiction stories, edited a flash fiction magazine, and mentored many flash fiction writers on their path to publication. He's taken the insights he's gained through years of effort and the many thousands of flash fiction stories he's edited and judged, and distilled them into one volume: WRITING GENRE FLASH FICTION THE MINIMALIST WAY. In this self-study guide, Kechula takes the writer through the definition of flash and genre fiction, gives some useful starting points for coming up with story ideas, shows where the usual rules of fiction may need to be reversed (e.g., in flash fiction, we tell, not show), and provides powerful insight into making every word count...and into eliminating those words that don't pull their weight.
Before becoming a flash fiction writer, Kechula wrote self-study guides for industry and his book is full of questions and exercises that encourage the writer to apply what they're learning immediately, rather than wait until they have a project under way. This technique is an effective way of eliminating the dreaded 'blank page' syndrome that often makes it difficult for writers to break through and actually get their story written.
I found WRITING GENRE FLASH FICTION THE MINIMALIST WAY to be an effective and useful tool to help both beginning and experienced writers learn to pack their story with impact and overcome many of the objections that keep their stories from being bought.
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Published January 31, 2011
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