You can write a successful flash fiction story (or any length story) with only one character in it; but keep this in mind: something has to be at stake or need to be resolved.
I recently received a submission with one character in it. The submission described a young woman masturbating. The description was well done and ended in an orgasm.
But nothing was at stake. Nothing had to be resolved. There was no change in the woman or her situation. The submission was not a short story.
I’ve been reading “The Pit And The Pendulum” by Edgar Allan Poe. It is a long story with only one character in it until the last few sentences of the story. The story is about how a man struggles to stay alive. He’s been condemned to death and thrown into a dungeon where he suffers one torment after another.
Two things make “The Pit And The Pendulum” a short story. The character struggles inside the dungeon to stay alive and the fact that his struggle is resolved by his rescue in the last eight sentences of the story.
Something was at stake (his life) and something was resolved (his rescue). His situation at the end of the story changed. He started out a prisoner. He ended up a free man.
Your one-character story does not have to be about life and death. Just make sure something is at stake that needs to be resolved.
See what I mean?
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