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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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Can Nonfiction Be Literary?


Do you like to read fiction?

Literary Non-fiction

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How about nonfiction?

Do you like compelling, vivid, and dramatic writing?

What’s your definition of Literary?

Why all these questions?

Well, I have some great writing to share and it’s all about “true stories well told”.

That quote is one man’s definition of Literary or Creative Nonfiction.

That man is Lee Gutkind, sometimes called the “Godfather behind creative nonfiction”.

That last link is to Gutkind’s book about Writing literary nonfiction but this post is about sources of creative nonfiction you can Read

Let’s start with 1966—“a literary magazine that celebrates research-driven creative nonfiction — prose that turns information into story and facts into art.”

Then there’s Hippocampus Magazine—“an online publication set out to entertain, educate and engage writers and readers of creative nonfiction.”

And, here’s Ecotone—“a semiannual journal that seeks to reimagine place. Each issue brings together the literary and the scientific, the personal and the biological, the urban and the rural.”

Next is Brick—“where the world’s best-loved writers have wide, lively, personal discussions about art, culture, and the written word.”

How about some Brevity—“well-known and emerging writers working in the extremely brief (750 words or less) essay form, along with craft essays and book reviews.”

And, certainly not last, is Creative Nonfiction—“the first andthe largest literary magazine to publish, exclusively and on a regular basis, high quality nonfiction prose.”

I just have to list the Editorial Advisory Board for Creative Nonfiction:

Diane Ackerman, Buzz Bissinger, Edwidge Danticat, Annie Dillard, Dave Eggers, Jonathan Franzen, Tracy Kidder, Rick Moody, Susan Orlean, Francine Prose, Ruth Reichl, Richard Rodriguez, Rebecca Skloot, and Gay Talese.

Recognize any of those writers?

And, to round out your reading pleasure, try Goodreads’ List of Popular Literary Nonfiction Books.

ALERT: Today is the first day of National Poetry Writing Month :-)

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