Flash Fiction

Easy Flash Fiction in Less Than 600 words

Here's a flash fiction example coming in at just under 600 words. I will typically come up with these premises based on some behavior I observe in real life. Real life inspiration, in other words. In this case, I thought about how unfortunate it is that people might want to be taken seriously despite who...

Flash Fiction Example Using Personification

Here is my example of flash fiction using personification with animals. Since you're limited by word count when writing flash fiction, you'll have to use other tools and literary devices (hello, high school language arts!) to get your story across. Flash Fiction Example: The Raccoon and the Owl Deep in the Florida preserve lived a Barn...

Flash Fiction to Take the Edge Off

Okay so aside from being a great way to get your creativity reps in, flash fiction is a great way to take the edge off and good therapy. It’s good for working things out that are on your mind and otherwise have no outlet. Here I wanted to explore some ideas around motherhood, work,...

Flash Fiction Inspired by Location

Specificity around location can inspire your flash fiction when you’ve got nothing really on your mind, and nothing really to write about. Here I started with the idea of a fog and googled around to find where on earth gets intense fog. I found the town of Arica, Peru, and invented the story from there....

A Flash Fiction Example with One Setting

Here’s a flash fiction story example that’s limited to just one setting. Because of the word count limitations the transitions from one location to the next can be hard for flash fiction, so containing the story to one place for something dramatic to happen can work better. Hard conversations of many types can work well,...

Flash Fiction Hyperbole Example

Here is an example of flash fiction with surreal elements, where I’ve used hyperbole to get to the punchline. Because of the word count constraints I have found hyperbole (which just means exaggeration) as a useful literary device to tell certain types of stories. I think it worked okay as a way to handle time,...