More Flash Fiction Writing Tips

Every writer who writes flash has one of these lists, even if flash is not his area of expertise. Even if he doesn’t write it down, he keeps it in the back of his mind.

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Author Profile: Richard Lutman

RichardLutmanHow and when did you decide, or discover, that you were to be a writer?

I’ve been a scribbler all my life.  There was no specific time or incident that made me decide to become a writer, I always thought I was.  I transitioned from writing poetry to short stories and longer pieces when the ideas I had no longer worked as poems.

What inspired you to write flash fiction?

I’ve been interested flash fiction since I first came across it after reading “Sudden Fiction” a collection published in 1986.  I’ve had several longer flash pieces published and like the form because it is short, troubling, scraped clean and the essence of the universe. Continue reading

One Word

By Bob Lackey

He enjoyed the view of the frozen pond from his boarding house room, but not this evening. His skin was growing numb and the blood vessel pounded where the pistol barrel pressed firmly against his temple. He held his breath, waiting for the blackness. A young girl skated on the pond below, flying in the waning light. She circled toward him. He could see her face, nestled in silver fur, even at this distance, rosy cheeked in the bitter cold and full of life.

Fifteen? Still full of expectations. Not yet dulled by the wrinkles of disappointment.

She swirled, raising her arms swan like over her head, and as the window glass fogged over with his breath, she slipped and fell.

“Oh! Be careful!”

She slid past his view and no longer existed. With trembling hand, he lowered the gun and sank onto the window seat.

I will do this later. Maybe a note after all?

He searched among scattered loose papers for a blank sheet, but could only find one holding a single line. Dipping his pen into the ink well, there among the previously written words was the one he had come to hate.

“You again!”

It wasn’t really one of his words; he could not even remember where he had gotten the damned thing, but it had infested several of his recent pieces; all of which were rejected.

“Out with you!”

He crossed out the words. Then, he carefully set each nugget into new sentences that would enable tomorrow’s readers to understand his sadness, his own disappointments. When he had completed the note, he retrieved the pistol, stepped to the window and placed the barrel to his temple.

Did I edit it well enough? What if – Oh surely NOT!

Again, he lowered the pistol, and frantically returned to pick up the page, mumbling to himself as he read.

“Damn it!”

It was there.

He plopped down in the chair and lit a candle against the night. Raising his pen, he stared long and silently at the word.

What else? What would be better?

His pen hovered up and down with each trial, his hand lower each time. Exhausted, dozing over his page, he suddenly jerked upright in the chair.


The word came. He quickly rewrote the entire sentence.

“Yes, by God! That’s it!”

He snatched up his last rejected piece, searched for the ugly word and replaced it.

“Yes! Much better!”

Outside, a morning snowfall settled on the city.

I’m taking this back!

He stuffed the pages back into the envelope and grabbed his coat and hat, then danced down to the front stoop, passing his landlady.

“The power of one word…” was all she heard him say.

“What?” she called out, but he was lost in the snowfall. She turned to her son and pointed after her boarder with a jerk of her chin.

“Wha’d he say?”

The boy let the shovel slip down into the fresh snow.

Sounded like he said, ‘Nevermore’.”

Concocting his first short story at age four, telling his parent’s neighbors he rode a white horse through the night killing alligators, Bob Lackey cannot stop the stories. He lives with his patient wife and a tolerant son in Murrells Inlet, SC, letting the voices run free.

Thirteen Tips for Writing Flash Fiction

We recently posted an article about what not to do when writing flash fiction, so now we thought we would balance that out with some about what to do.

Here at the FlashBlog, we’ve shared our pet peeves and highlighted the things you shouldnot do in your flash fiction submissions. And if you want to get out of the slush pile and be accepted for publication, I suggest you read those posts.

But today, I want to focus on some fundamental tips for writing flash fiction. Cause it ain’t easy! For Flash Fiction Online, stories must be between 500 and 1000 words. Whew! Those are some tight restrictions, and that’s not a lot of space for your story. But as Shakespeare said, “Brevity is the soul of wit,” (Hamlet).

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Author Profile: Prospero Pulma, Jr.

ProsperoPulmaHow and when did you decide, or discover, that you were to be a writer?

The lyricism of Edgar Allan Poe’s Annabel Lee pulled me into writing. I wrote some scripts for school plays, but I wasn’t a campus journalist, never took any formal writing courses. My first break came in 2004 when my essay appeared on a major Philippine newspaper.

What inspired you to write flash fiction?

I was writing short stories then when I read a call for submissions for a flash fiction anthology in the Philippines. I looked up flash fiction writing tips online, then wrote my first flash fiction story that got included in the anthology. I like writing flash because it takes me half the time to write it than a full-fledged story. Continue reading

The Canadian Goose Killer

by  William Bentley Sturtevant

So, my German wife says, “Have you heard about the one-armed man going into the secondhand store?”

This, for no reason, reminded me of when she was accused of being a Canadian goose killer back in, oh, let’s say 2006.

Annelore was the counter manager for Lancome at Carson’s and she was late for work, per usual. Continue reading

Flash Fiction: What Not to Do

It is a truth universally acknowledged that a seasoned editor can spot a first draft at twenty paces, and it’s usually due to over-writing.

We ran across this article online today and thought it might be valuable to our flash fiction community. Read the entire article.