What do I mean by “deep”?
Hello hello hello, all my brother and sister bloggers, readers and writers. It’s the Old Soldier here offering a few insights into the writing of flash fiction.
Well, we all know that by definition flash fiction is short; but if shortness was the only thing flash fiction had going for it, it would not be the fascinating art form that it can be.
It’s the deepness that gives the form its complexity and fullness of meaning.
The surface action of a flash fiction story should be a model of simplicity and clarity. You want your reader to know exactly what is going on. You want the action to be easy to follow.
The complexity of the story should be below the action. What does the action imply about the relationship (s) between (among) the characters?
What does the action say about the agenda of each character?
What is the author’s attitude toward his or her characters?
In the end, what does it all mean? What statement is the author making about these characters in particular and about life in general?
You see, we expect a flash fiction story to be short; but the best writers also make it deep.
How deep is your flash fiction?
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