How to Write Flash Fiction

by Thom Starke

Let’s be clear: if you want to write flash fiction, excellent flash fiction, you have to follow these directions to the letter – you can’t deviate from, alter, or “put your own spin” on what I’m about to tell you. Just want to be clear from the outset. Okay, here we go. If you want to write flash fiction, excellent flash fiction, you have to get your lazy ass out of your room or apartment or house, get (or purchase) black socks and shoes and a trench coat and a fedora, put them on (just those items – nothing else), hit the streets, find a victim, then expose yourself – completely expose yourself. Feel the thrill, or the embarrassment, or whatever it is you feel, and really feel it, really let it wash over you and soak you to the bone, and remember that feeling, memorize it, be able to feel it again and again and again, just as strongly as the first time. Then write about it, and keep it short.


Thom Starke is impressed with this place, especially with Bob Jacobs, Joseph Grant, and Quin Browne.


Adam J. Whitlatch said...

Wow! I've been doing it ALL WRONG all this time!! Thanks for setting me straight, Thom! LoL

Yeah, I'm pretty impressed with Joe Grant too, even if he is a no talent hack! LoL Just kidding. He's one of my best friends, so I tease him out of love.

Welcome to Six Sentences!! I look forward to reading more of your work.

Leatherdykeuk said...

Impressive 6!

Anonymous said...

You've names some of my favorites (along w/ Adam and others). Question, if you're female, I suppose it should be a shorter tale?

Quin Browne said...

thom, i saw someone who obviously was following those directions... and, um, he was...um, keeping it short.

*delicate cough*

Joe said...

Thom, Thank you so much for being so kind as to mention me with two great Sixers who never disappoint. I am very honored that you chose to mention me with them. Your piece on how to write flash fiction is excellent and is written with great wit and style. I enjoyed it very much. I look forward to reading more of your work. Thank you, again.

Baby Island said...

I love this, much like being exposed in many other ways. Very satisfying. ;)

Quin Browne said...


i'm overwhelmed to be listed with bob and joe.

personally, i can list a huge number of writers here who i feel far surpass me... hand on heart.

thank you for the nice words of praise, you made me blush... now, keep writing... please.

ThomG said...

This gives me hope that the fedora will once again become popular. I missed out on the whole fedora thing, and yes, I'm pissed about it.

Chris said...


Anonymous said...

Very cool bit of writing.