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.

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