Warm up with keywords

An essential in writing a flash memoir is refreshing your memory of the scene. Before you start writing, take a few moments to visualize the scene. Step through the physical environment, sequence of events, and your reactions. While doing this, make a list of keywords and phrases that capture the most distinct elements, emotions, and visual cues.  This list will guide your writing, keep you from missing an important element, and enlivens your story.

Pick the first thing that comes to mind and dash off a list right now.
Really, do it right now.
Then write the story later if you don’t have time to continue on.

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What makes a flash story?
Riff on a random word
Use distinct nouns & verbs

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