The Flash Fiction Form


I’m extremely pleased to be writing again. I’ve been playing with the flash fiction form. It’s hard cramming everything in under 500 words but I have managed it. How on earth do people manage in 100 words or less?

Some markets will count flash fiction as anything under 1000, which gives you much more room to add more characterisation, setting, motivation and so on.

I’m about two thirds of the way through Holly Lisle’s free flash fiction course. If you’ve not tried writing so short before the course is a good introduction to how to create a beginning, middle and end using such a small word count. I don’t get anything from Holly from putting her course out there, I just enjoy her upfront style and find her helpful. And she does offer this short course for free. I’ve created one finished 500 word flash and have several others I’m working on from taking it so I’m more than happy I signed up.

Flash Fiction Online pays $60 for between 500 and 1000 words if they accept your submission. Sign up for a free Submittable account – well worth doing as a few markets I’ve come across use it – then find Flashfiction Online’s submission guidelines to submit – again for free – via Submittable. Do read their guidelines though as they’re very clear on what they view as suitable for their publication. They also have lots of previously published stories available so you can get a feel for what they like and how it can be done.

Because of the extra word count I played some more with my 500 words and added in – I hope – better motivation for my character’s actions. If Flashfiction Online say ‘Nay’ I have another market ready to send the piece to. I also have the original 500 word piece to send out. I now have ten pieces ‘out there’, have other markets lined up to send them to if they come back and am resolutely forgetting about them and getting on with creating new stuff.

It’s hard and in the back of my head I’m anxiously waiting for responses and crossing everything. Still. I’m miles ahead of where I was last year and I’m very, very happy with that.

Anyone else out there reading flash fiction or had a go at writing it? Enjoyable or a waste of time what do you think?


Today Is A Good Day To Write


The holidays are over and I spent most of it preparing my head for 2018. I think I’m doing okay. I have nine pieces of work out at various markets and contests and am putting them completely out of my head as I’m not likely to hear anything about any of them until end of February at the earliest and late May at the latest.

This means it’s time to get some new stuff down.

MsLexia is looking for themed work on ‘Weather’ by the beginning of March and I’m penning what’s turned into an historical piece for that. I haven’t had much luck with MsLexia in the past but I do think they’re not my ideal market. I don’t think my work fits the tone. Why write a piece specifically for their prompt? Because it gives me a deadline and some inspiration. If it doesn’t get anywhere with MsLexia there are plenty of other places to try later and at least it’s another finished piece to add to my files.

I also have an idea for a Sci-Fi short. Well. I have a character. I just need a story to go with her.

I have a third, more contemporary, idea, this time with character, plot and setting but I need to give it more thought before I wade in. It’s set in a culture I’m unfamiliar with so I need to world build and research more before I take off with it.

Holly Lisle has a freebie course on flash fiction which I’ve just started working through. So far there are three promising ideas coming out of that. Holly says minimum five but the other ideas I came up with didn’t really grab me so I will have to see how the course pans out. I do love her no-nonsense way of teaching and there’s always a lot of encouragement so she comes highly recommended by me.

Sadly, the Novel in Progress is still on the back burner.

Are you a one at a time WIP type or do you prefer to jump around multiple projects? Let me know in the comments 🙂