A Flash of Lightning, how to write the very short story

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Flash fiction is very short fiction, a complete story in less than 250, 500 or 1000 words. It is called flash because it is a quick read but it is not easy to write.

I am doing a workshop on this new and exciting form on Sunday. Open to everyone.

a flash of lightning - red - smallA Flash of Lightning – how to write the very short story.

The Venue – Tata Literature Live at the National Center of Performing Arts, Nariman Point, South Mumbai, at the Sea View Room

The TimeSunday, 2nd October 2014, 2 pm to 4 pm.

About Flash Fiction

It is called flash because it is so short.

It is also called quick fiction, short-short, micro fiction, sudden fiction, postcard fiction. Very short fiction is a trend which has become explosive of late with hundreds of websites devoted to it, some of which carry a new story every day of the year.

The length of flash fiction is usually between 500 to 1000 words, but can differ quite a bit. There is a special genre called six word stories, in which every story is no more than six words long, yet a complete story with a beginning, middle and end. Other ezines publish stories of exactly 55 words, or 100, 250 or 500. The maximum is usually 1000 words.

A short story is a different genre, usually between 1500 to 5000 words long. It is quite distinct from flash fiction.

What I will do in the workshop

In the first part of the workshop I will explain flash fiction with examples.

I will also explain story structure. When beginning writers create a story it is usually just a lot of description. Flash fiction requires a clear beginning, in which the person, the setting and the problem is introduced, the middle in which the problem worsens and the end in which some kind of resolution is reached. If there is no movement there is no story.

In the second part of the workshop I will ask you to make some notes on your own stories. Giving you a standard theme, I will ask you to innovate and come up with something new.

I hope to give you enough in two hours to get you started on reading flash fiction and writing it too.

Come and join me on Sunday and write your first story.

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