Monday, October 17, 2011

Flash Fiction-entertaining reads of a thousand words

If you like to read, but are short on time, check out Flash Fiction. Flash fiction has been around a while but its popularity is increasing as more and more stories are read on digital devices.  Flash fiction is a short “short story”—usually 1000 words or less.
It is a fun medium for authors to hone their skills and another opportunity to become published.  It is analogous to an artist’s sketch—small and affordable pieces to practice their art.  That doesn’t mean that writing a story in a thousand words or less is easy.  Good flash fiction takes real skill.  Sometimes smaller is harder.
While the market for stories is increasing, flash fiction is not yet a vehicle to earn the big bucks.  Nevertheless, if you have always had a secret desire to write but not the time to create the Great American Novel, the flash story medium could be just the ticket for you.  Check out this post in the Writer’s Digest for tips and guidance.  Then if you are interested, the Flash Fiction Chronicles has an excellent index of market that will pay for good flash fiction stories.
It doesn’t always take 65,000 or more words to tell a story.  Stories have a natural length.  As I noted in an earlier post, Hemingway once said that his best work was a story he wrote in six words, “For sale: baby shoes, never worn.”

PS: My books in the Mark Rollins Adventure series are now available for Barnes & Noble's Nook as well as Amazon's Kindle for just 99 cents each.

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