the little joys 22 February 2007 / It gladdens my dark heart when I show my latest very short story to my husband, and after reading it he shivers, and says, “You’re a bad, bad woman.” Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)MoreClick to share on Tumblr (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pinterest (Opens in new window)Like this:Like Loading... Related Posts
How short is short? I’m concentrating on flash at the moment.
This is short flash – 500 words. It’s a real test to tell a story within that limitation, but I love the challenge. I believe that some people consider stories under 1,000 words as Flash, while others are more strict and have 500 as the limit.There’s also Drabble: stories in 100 words exactly. Very tough.Although, I did write a tiny fragment for the much-missed Sigla magazine, which was under 23 words.
I’m having trouble setting my finger on just what defines a story, and what exactly has to be crammed in to make it qualify as fiction and not merely flash. I have most of a degree in comparitive literature, so it’s not a question of ignorance, but rather of definition. Can I send you something I wrote? I want help deciding if it’s a story or not. It doesn’t make so much difference, maybe, because it is necessarily what it is anyway, but I want to know whether it fits into the catagory or not. I was thinking of submitting it somewhere if it’s worth while. It’s just 200 words. Would you mind?
Oh, and it goes without saying that I would love to read yours, even though I don’t expect to.