All right my brother and sister bloggers and writers. The Old Soldier is going to give it to you straight. The best flash fiction is about what is not on the page. The best flash fiction is about what the writer leaves out. If the Old Soldier doesn’t give you some tough love, who will?
Because the very short story is so short much of the story must be implied. And since the story must be about a significant event, what happens before the story begins and what will happen after the story ends is just as important as what happens during the story.
What the Old Soldier is saying is, the words you leave out are just as important as the words you leave in. And you know what? This literary technique is just as valid in the writing of a regular length short story or novel as it is for the very short story.
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