Hello, creative writers, writing majors and my Flash Fiction Fanatics. The beauty of flash fiction is that it has everything in it that a regular-length short story has in it. It’s just that flash fiction is a lot shorter. Sometimes it’s only around 100 words.
Now, the Old Soldier likes to write within the 400-to-900-word range. That seems my best range. I feel comfortable writing a story that’s 400 to 900 words long. But every once in a while I like to step out of my comfort zone and write a really short flash fiction story. Like 100 words.
Writing a story of any length is a lot easier if you remember that a short story is made up of these three things:
- A setup
- A buildup
- A payoff
The following story is around 116 words.
My father was a wife beater. So in 1964 at the age of seventeen I enlisted in the army to get away from home…
“Hey, Carter!” Murphy called across the barracks. Everyone was working on his gear. I sat on my foot locker spit shinning my boots.
“Yeah!” I called back.
“You ever eat a woman?”
Eat a woman? I really didn’t know what that meant. Besides, I got flustered around girls. All the older men in the barracks were listening.
“Sure,” I called back.
“Oh, yeah,” he called. “Well, tell me. How did it taste?”
“Salty,” I called.
Several of the older guys laughed appreciatively. Murphy did not harass me for the rest of the day.
If you like sex in your flash fiction, click on the Sexy Stories tab at the top of the page.
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