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Write Stuff: When is a short story too short?

This week's Write Stuff post: When is a short story too short?.

Note: My Write Stuff posts have moved from Sunday to Monday.

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  1. Blogger jennifer | 5:52 AM, November 30, 2006 |  

    I left this comment there... but wasn't sure if you'd stumble upon it this long after the fact. Take care. j

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    The thing I like about flash fiction is that it requires precision of language. Because you have to tell your story in such a limited amount of words, you have to make every word count; there can be no throw away phrases. For me, writing flash is a good exercise insomuch as it forces me to be very aware of the words I choose and why I choose them. It's not for everyone, granted, but I feel their construction is useful... plus, as a reader, if well written, flash fiction can be the ultimate midnight snack: bite-sized literary morsels.

    j

  2. Blogger 1000 black lines | 11:08 AM, November 30, 2006 |  

    Thanks Jennifer. Yeah I left a comment on WS confessing that I may have come across as pissed about writing flash fiction which is not the case. What happened was that I wanted to accomplish too much in lessw than 1000 words. The poet Cathy Smith Bowers says that she strives for an enduring image. Remembering that, I came to the conclusion that I needed to focus the story on one image and not attempt a novel in 3500 words.

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