Good short story ideas are difficult to come by; but your own life is a goldmine of good short story ideas. You just have to understand, not think you understand, but really understand the form of the short story. The short story is a significant event with closure. That’s it; but that definition has huge implications.
How many of us have not gotten a pat on the back that meant a great deal to us? How many of us have not had someone speak a few kind words to us that the speaker did not know how important those words were at that time and place? How many of us have not done something or said something that afterward we can see changed the direction of our lives?
A significant event does not have to be earth shattering. It can really be mundane. And the flash fiction story is perfect for presenting these everyday actions as significant events.
So, your life is full of good short story ideas. Are you a good enough writer to recognize a good short story idea when you see it?