WRITING WHAT YOU KNOW AND FLASH FICTION

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My favourite Christmas carol, based on a poem by Christina Rossetti, is looking more like a cannily accurate weather forecast right now.

In the bleak midwinter, frosty wind made moan,
Earth stood hard as iron, water like a stone;
Snow had fallen, snow on snow, snow on snow,
In the bleak midwinter, long ago.

Not sure that Christina meant it to be a weather forecast but this was certainly a case of write what you know given she would have known only too well what a British winter can be like!

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Part 2 of my 101 Things to Put into Room 101 will be my CFT post for this week. Highlights include my thoughts on stilettos (you will guess they’re not good!), to public parking bays, and confusing road signs. Link up tomorrow and, as ever, comments will be welcome.

I won’t be running the series straight through in one “hit” so to speak as I have a lovely author interview coming up soon. Also, it’s probably best not to have all my moans over several consecutive weeks in any case!

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What is encouraging is if you do a quick internet trawl for flash fiction competitions, lots come up! All that is needed then is the time to enter them! It is also encouraging to see big name writing competitions include flash fiction as a new category in its own right. It is amazing to see how far flash has come as a genre over the last 10 years.

I think it will still be a while before people stop asking what flash fiction is thought. (Still, that’s all part of the “mission to explain”, isn’t it? I’ve found to date the best way of explaining flash fiction is to read examples of it – from From Light to Dark and Back Again naturally!).

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What is your favourite kind of flash fiction?

I’m a drabbler, one who generally writes the 100-words stories. The majority of the tales in From Light to Dark and Back Again are of this ilk.

But one nice thing about flash is there is nothing to stop you mixing up the types you write. I’ve written 250, 500, 750 and even the odd 50-words tales. (The latter makes me a dribbler as well. I’d love to know who invented these terms – they make you sound as if you might have an unfortunate complaint!).

So go ahead, mix up your flash fiction and have fun with it! I’ve found my natural default position is the good old drabble but there are some storylines which need to be a bit longer than that, so fine I can do it without straying into short story territory. (Though I must admit I do like doing that too!).

 

 

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