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Flash Fiction Is Alive and Well


How long is a novel? Brevity-Flash Fiction

Some say at least 50,000 words; but, there are well-accepted novels that are shorter.

How long is a novella?

Longer than a short story but shorter than a novel.

How long is a short story?

Somewhere from about 1,500 words to upwards of (some say) 30,000 words.

So, somewhere under 1,500 words is “Flash” (though, some folks say under 2,000…).

One definition goes like this:

“Flash fiction is an umbrella term used to describe any fictional work of extreme brevity, including the Six-Word Story, 140-character stories, also known as twitterature, the dribble (50 words), the drabble (100 words), and sudden fiction (750 words).”

And, the article on The Review Review is worth reading for an introduction to Flash…

But, I must add the sub-category of Microfiction (sometimes said to be 300 words or less) because of these past posts on this blog:

Breaking Boundaries ~ Microfiction — which has some fine examples of the craft…

Microfiction ~ Revisited — with more fine examples…

MicroFiction Reprise :-)

My Friend ~ Micro-Fiction Writer & Prison Librarian

Author Interview ~ Johnpaul Mahofski — Interview with the Friend of the last post…

Wikipedia lists a number of authors who wrote Flash Fiction

I’ll also share an interview—The State of Flash Fiction—with the author of the book in the image up there (which can be ordered by clicking on the image…).

Then, I should mention that my recent writing endeavor, Story Bazaar, includes many pieces that fall into the category of Flash Fiction (with just a few Micros)
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6 responses to “Flash Fiction Is Alive and Well

  1. Johnpaul Mahofski (@2febbfc2194b440) February 2, 2017 at 5:59 pm

    I just can’t help myself. This post ROCKS!!!!!!

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    • Alexander M Zoltai February 2, 2017 at 6:04 pm

      Thought you might appreciate it :-)

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  2. Jane Watson February 2, 2017 at 7:24 pm

    I think the subject of this post is totally fascinating…!

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    • Alexander M Zoltai February 2, 2017 at 7:26 pm

      The “subject” being Mr. Mahofski or Flash Fiction?

      :-)

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  3. Jane Watson February 2, 2017 at 7:27 pm

    The ENTIRE thing!!

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    • Alexander M Zoltai February 2, 2017 at 7:32 pm

      Very COOL, Jane :-)

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