One of my favourite blog posts to read as a blogger is flash fiction. I just love the bite-sized stories and reading the different interpretations of the same photo.
And one of my favourite blog posts to write as a blogger is flash fiction! I just love seeing a photo and going with the flow.
Sometimes an idea comes immediately. Sometimes it doesn’t come at all. It’s not writer’s block (in my ‘book’ anyway), it’s simply meant to be for me.
If it’s too forced, I don’t enjoy it and therefore I don’t get the buzz. And my readers quite possibly won’t enjoy it either. I see it as wasted time and energy.
So here’s how I write flash fiction – feel free to give it a whirl yourself! I see the photo, I get the idea, I’m cookin’ on gas!
I tend to work backwards and start at the end. Then decide how I get there, which gives me the middle. Then I find myself at the beginning!
If my notes are quite comprehensive, I find the story is often nearly written. It’s just a case of expanding a little to make it flow and being clever with punctuation (and sentence structure).
But if my notes resemble a skinny skeleton, I expand by setting more of a scene, more description, more emotion.
What I do find with both basic and comprehensive notes is this:
If the idea comes quickly, I enjoy writing by both methods.
And here are some I wrote earlier!…
He had started off with good intentions
Never let it be said that a stone heart holds no emotion
The blood was like…
No one knew when it going to happen
A man took a stroll through a deep, dark wood
Are you a flash writer? How do you approach your story?
If you’re not into flash, what’s your favourite genre to write?
Let me know in the comments below.