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Featured Journal: Brevity

Reading good flash stories walks hand in hand with writing good flash stories, which means you’ve gotta know about Brevity magazine. Brevity is synonymous with flash, and has been publishing stalwart and emerging writers for decades. Be sure to browse the current & past issues, as well as the craft advice, book reviews, and blog. […]

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Go small to go big later

Memories, moments, scenes, nothing longer than a few pages, some only a line or two. These bits and pieces kept flying out of me, and I kept writing them down. ~Abigail Thomas, author of Thinking About Memoir With most projects, I find that breaking them down into small specific pieces makes for greater success, and […]

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11 editing tips

Early drafts are notorious for repetition, indirection and overdevelopment of the trivial. ~Pamela Erens in The Joy of Trimming Now that you’re done free-writing your first draft, you’re ready for more writing – yes, revising is writing. Does the first sentence grab your reader? Beginning with action or a compelling piece of dialog is a […]

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Freeze-frame memoir

Guest post by Jane Hertenstein Much of what I love about flash is about living in the moment. Capturing and seizing a point in time. Freeze framing it—much like a Polaroid snapshot. I like to treat the page like a friend, like a sounding board, or what the poet Frank O’Hara described as unmade phone […]

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Use distinct nouns & verbs

The more specific you are, the more universal you are. ~Nancy Hale A good trick for making your flash stories more compact and meaningful is to choose just the right nouns and verbs. When you’re referring to an orchard, what type of orchard is it – apple, pear, orange? When your character is walking, is […]

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Flash writing as performance art

Guest post by Guy Hogan The best flash writing is performance art.  It is performance art because the writer must partner with the reader to complete the creative process.  That’s because the flash story is really two stories in one.  There is the surface story and the implied story.  The implied story takes place in […]

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