Flash Fiction Friday — “Uncertainty”

All writers need writing practice, right? Flash fiction based on a photo or other prompt is a great way to expand your creativity and maybe even break through writer’s block. And it can build confidence, too, especially if you’re a beginner. The best part is that it doesn’t require a big time commitment. Flash fiction, also called short shorts, sudden fiction, and microfiction, is a general term for complete stories under 1500 words. Most often, flash fiction means a story of fewer than 400-500 words. Why write flash fiction? Composing an entire story in such a short space requires careful structuring, plotting, and word choice. Plus, you’ll get practice “showing” action rather than “telling” what happened while keeping descriptions to a minimum. And opportunities to enter contests and get paid for your efforts are plentiful. A search with keywords like flash fiction contests or flash fiction submissions 2018 will turn up plenty. Starting today, every Friday will be Flash Fiction Friday. This week’s theme is “uncertainty.” Instructions: Based on the photo prompt provided, write a 350-word story with the theme “uncertainty.” Post your completed story in the comments. If you’d rather not post the story itself, you can join […]

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