Monday, December 12, 2011

Flash Fiction and Squirrels

I have recently discovered a new kind of fiction. I don't mean I made it up, of course. I mean that in my finals -fueled Internet ramblings (After seven or eight, I ran out of tolerance for videos of squirrels eating lemons*) I stumbled upon a written form called: Flash Fiction.

Flash Fiction is the short short short story.

Flash Fiction pieces are generally under 1000 words and tend to have ambiguous endings. I've heard people say that a novel asks a question and attempts to answer it, and that a short story asks a question...  Well, from the pieces I have read I conclude that often a Flash Fiction story merely suggests a question and leaves it at that.

I had a great time reading short short short stories while I should have been studying. I think I will try writing one when I get home for Christmas break.

Here is the link to the website that provide me so much entertainment:

My favorite was The Story of an Hour by Kate Chopin

Happy Finals Week!

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*Have you ever seen a squirrel eat a lemon?
Or a squirrel with hiccups for that matter?
You must see them! Your life will never be the same again!


  1. I'm going to be hooked on this "Flash Fiction" thing. :) This is the first I have heard of it but I am very intrigued. Oh yeah...the squirrel is super cute!

  2. Writer's Digest runs a monthly competition inviting writers to submit flash fiction (they call it a short story, but it's 750 words or fewer) based on a prompt. The grand prize is for the story to be published. Even if you don't enter, it's fun to use their prompts to see what you come up with.

    Check it out:

  3. Thank you for the link, Colin. That's very interesting.

  4. I love flash fiction! I've written a couple for various things - so hard to condense something to 300 or even 100 words, but a fun challenge!