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How to Write Flash Fiction

Flash fiction, which is as well known as micro-fiction, is one of the growing genres of short stories which is mainly aimed at telling an entire story but in such a limited word count, often ranging 500 words or thereabout. In as much as there happens to be no particular rule laid on defining the word count for flash fiction articles, when writing flash fiction there are some things that you need to factor as being of the preeminence in so far as its quality goes and these are such as focusing on brevity, thoughtful character construction and tense plotting. By far and large, these are the factors that when you will have well thought of and ordered, your story will indeed feel fully developed and have such an impact on its readers. Take a look at some of the insights into how to shape your flash fiction story.

The first tip is to begin your story in the middle of the action. As writers of flash fiction know it, when it comes to these kinds of prose pieces, there is no time and words to be spent, in what would be called waste, having to detail such a complex backstory for the piece to be done. Steer clear of this and get your story kicked off at such a moment of change, those crucial moments to the narrative you are developing. You as such are to focus on showing your readers the tension of the scene and never spend that time and effort explaining to them why the characters are behaving a particular way. Thus, you need to strive as much as you can to have your flash fiction arriving at its plot conflict or the main narrative in the first paragraph of the piece if not the first line. Note the fact that your flash fiction will be a disappointment to many of your readers if it so leaves them in suspense and at the same time you have your limits in the words to do.

The second tip when writing flash fiction is to get your readers only a tip of the iceberg. Looking at this from this particular end, you will realize that you will need to make use of the literary devices such as foreshadowing and tone as some of the most important tools for your writing of the quality flash fiction pieces.

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