I must admit that I’ve only recently discovered Flash Fiction, but I adore it!
It’s where storytelling and poetry mix.
I’m truly stimulated by the mental challenge of telling an entire story in a set word limit of, say, 100 or 300 words.
For what it’s worth – and having regard to the fact that I’m a Flash Fiction novice – my process begins with writing the first draft quickly; typically into my iPhone whilst on the train or when I need a break from the technical writing required by my day job.
At this point, I’m just looking for structure. I try to paint a small picture which allows the viewer a glimpse of the story which exists beyond the canvass. I leave space, so that the reader has to use their imagination to complete the story; particularly what transpired before I entered the fray and what might have occurred after I left.
Once I have the structure in place, I start playing with the words and the sentence structure. I alliterate and I rhyme and do my best to enhance the rhythm of the word patterns. I dwell over every word because when you are competing with a hard word count, every word matters. Every word has do more work than any self-respecting word should be called upon to do.
And when I think I’ve got it about right…I put it aside for a day or a week and try again later.
I’ve written half a dozen Flash Fiction pieces in the last little while. Let’s see whether they get published.