Writing flash fiction – Part 2 – Guest post by Geoff Le Pard at TRSA

Reblogged from The Story Reading Ape… and check out Part I of Geoff Le Pard’s Guide to Flash Fiction here.

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Previously I talked about the benefits of writing flash fiction; today I’d like to focus on some of the mechanics.

Precision Drafting – focus on the story

Perhaps I should emphasis here that these aren’t rules. The glory, for me at least, of writing fiction, any fiction, is that you say ya boo sucks to rules. These just happen to be the ‘rules’ that work for me. They may be anathema to you.

Let us assume you are aiming to write to a word limit. You have an idea (ok, easier said than done but bear with me, we will talk about that in a moment). How do you start when you know you have only, say, 100 or 300 words and it feels like it is a novel wanting to burst out?

Well for me, the rule one is it is the same as any piece of writing: you just write. It would feel great, wouldn’t it, if you wrote and ended up with 300 words, give or take a few? Wouldn’t it?

The hell it would. Because don’t kid yourself that there isn’t a ton of editing you can and should do and you might well end up with a heck of a lot less, or more after that process. Just write it.

Continue reading at The Story Reading Ape

About Sue Vincent

Sue Vincent is a Yorkshire-born writer and one of the Directors of The Silent Eye, a modern Mystery School. She writes alone and with Stuart France, exploring ancient myths, the mysterious landscape of Albion and the inner journey of the soul. Find out more at France and Vincent. She is owned by a small dog who also blogs. Follow her at scvincent.com and on Twitter @SCVincent. Find her books on Goodreads and follow her on Amazon worldwide to find out about new releases and offers. Email: findme@scvincent.com.
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4 Responses to Writing flash fiction – Part 2 – Guest post by Geoff Le Pard at TRSA

  1. Thanks for sharing Sue XXX


  2. TanGental says:

    Thanks Sue..very generous


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