I'm delighted to have Cherie Reich here today. Cherie will discuss why writers should consider writing flash fiction. Blow us away, Cherie!
Flash fiction is typically very short fiction a 1000 words or less and involves the characterizations of longer works with its use of setting, characters, plot, dialogue, theme, etc. Writing flash fiction can help a writer in many ways. Let me tell you how.
1. Flash fiction is short.
Well, we all know it is, but it is also helpful. Writing a novel can take a long time. Finishing a flash fiction piece is almost instant gratification. Generally, they can take minutes to a few hours to write, and they are much easier to edit than a novel.
2. Flash fiction teaches brevity.
You can’t be long-winded in flash fiction. Every word counts, so writers can learn to use their words most effectively with stronger nouns and verbs to move the action. There is less chance of overwriting a flash fiction story, and a writer can focus on the most important parts of the scene.
3. Flash fiction is practice.
Writing well takes lots of practice. They say to become a master at anything you have to practice for 10,000 hours (or around 1,000,000 words). Writers can use flash fiction to practice their weaknesses. For example, I have troubles with descriptions/setting, so I will sometimes write a flash fiction piece that is all about the descriptions/setting. The practice in a smaller form really helps.
4. Flash fiction can teach you more about your characters in a longer work.
Have a novel you want to write but need to learn more about the characters? Some writers interview their characters or write out biographies for them. A writer can use flash fiction to see how the character reacts to a certain scene from their past (backstory) to help the writer understand the character more.
5. Flash fiction increases creativity.
Spending fifteen minutes or less on a flash fiction piece can open up your creative juices. You can play around with a tough scene and see where “what if” gets you. Random stream of consciousness gets the right brain working, and because flash fiction is short, then you can write it and then start in on your novel afterwards.
6. Flash fiction is fun.
With flash fiction, you can write anything. Want to try your hand at a new genre? Then, write a flash fiction piece. That way if it goes horribly wrong, then you haven’t wasted months writing it. But it could go wonderfully well, and then you might have a new story to write. Play around with prompts, such as a random line you come across or a picture. You never know what you’ll find when you write flash fiction.
Let your mind explore while your fingers type. Have you ever written flash fiction?
About the Author
Cherie Reich is a writer, freelance editor, book blogger, and library assistant living in Virginia. Her ebooks include The Nightmare Collection series, Gravity trilogy, and The Foxwick Chronicles series. She is a member of Valley Writers and the Virginia Writers Club and has been a participant of #fridayflash off and on since July 2010. For more information, please visit her website or her blog.
I should try writing flash fiction! I think it could benefit me as a writer. But I write nonfiction - film reviews and memoirs. Transitioning to a new genre would be tough for me. I will wait and see.
Thank you Cherie!