I never thought I could write short stories. I’ve always been far to verbose to limit the word count in that way. Or so, I thought.
The past two months have proven that I am indeed capable of writing short stories. How good or bad they are is debatable, but the truth that I CAN write them is very freeing. With this new lesson learned, I set out two days ago to experiment with an even shorter form of fiction writing.
Wikipedia defines Flash Fiction as fiction generally under 1,000 words. So after finding a one-line prompt at about.com, I gave it a shot. The results, I think, were quite good. I wrote a 579 word short story using the line – “Every morning a crow comes and sits at my window” – as a starting place. If anyone’s interested in reading my results, I posted it on my other writing blog on blogspot.
I said all that to say that I’ve found a way to keep writing even when I’m not working on a larger project. Flash fiction works good for filling in small empty spaces in magazines – and it works equally well filling in the small gaps between short stories in my life! 🙂