Flash Fiction

I used to write with a Flash Fiction group during the summers - when I had time to crunch out a story each week. I highly recommend this group if you enjoy writing flash fiction or want to try it out: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/FlashXer/

Flash Fiction is a complete story told in under 2000 (or so) words. You may hear it called, short short stories or postcard fiction. Whatever the title, the challenge is to be concise, clear and captivating within the word count constraint. (Whew! How many "c" words are in that sentence?)

I used to love the Monday morning prompts - just a word or phrase that you had to use as inspiration for that week's story. The word can actually appear in your story or just serve as a theme.

For an example, here's one I did (98words)- the prompt was: sweet

Margaret closed the door on the back of Mr. Franks, eager salesman and minor romantic nuisance. 
"Boys?" she trilled. "You can come out now. That fool's gone and left.” The floor shuddered. "I told him to take his fancy flea powder of his outta my house before I lost my temper." 

She struggled in the pantry for a time and brought out large sacks of sugar.

"Come and get it..." The floorboards groaned. Thousands of cockroaches streamed up from the depths of the house. 

"Ain’t they sweet…" Margaret smiled as her boys dug in.

Wanna try? Here are some words YOU can use as prompts.

- formless
- brazen
- informant
- meddlesome
- grindstone
- deny
- roam
- heavy

Feel free to post excerpts of your work based on these, I would love to read what you come up with!

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