I’m experimenting with Flash Fiction and I invite you to join me in this endeavor. For those of you who don’t know what it is, it’s a full story in under a specified number of words, in this case 100.
As far as I’m concerned a “story” has a few requirements:
1) Characters – We as readers care about them or identify with them. They aren’t just shadows or stereotypes.
2) Plot – This includes an introduction, rising action, conflict, climax, denouement, and conclusion. In Flash Fiction, obviously some of these things must be implied and not explicitly stated.
3) Setting – Probably less important than the other two, but still necessary to a story. Where does this story take place?
Feel free to post your stories in the comment boxes below. I strongly suggest typing it in a program with spell check, such as Word first, however, because most of you know how I am with spelling and grammar :)
I’m not considering this a “contest” exactly, but I will read every entry and respond with my opinion. More importantly, I will check out every author’s page who intrigues me or who seems to have potential (which will probably be basically every entry because I love discovering new authors here on Booksie). I'm always looking for more authors to feature on my profile!
So the only requirement is to keep it at or under 100 words (not including title). Any genre, any style, any experience level. Also, feel free to submit as many entries as you wish! I’ve posted my own attempt below in my preferred formatting (it’s a lot harder than I thought).
I want to point out a few of my favorites so far and why I liked them…
*Jhenny Labern easily makes the top of this list because all of her entries have amazing imagery and are more like stories than scenes. Her characters and plots are diverse, showing her versatility as a writer even when she can only use 100 words.
*Both of Murnit’s entries also tell complete stories as opposed to just mini scenes. She writes beautifully and the 2nd story has a nice little twist.
*Stockholm’s “A Rush of Light” was mysterious and futuristic just like his novel “Flameseeker” which appears in my “Favorite Writers” section.
*I R Niemand’s “The question” makes the list because of its wonderful message and poetic style.
*TakeMe’s entry “Goodbye” was a hauntingly beautiful and mysterious write.
*Tania Karpatska’s first entry was playful and suggested a story rather than tried to show a whole story. I also liked that she tried to incorporate the “One Hundred” theme.