This writing tip may help you to write better flash fiction.
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Yesterday was such a beautiful spring day in Pittsburgh that I did something I have not done in weeks. I took a walk down to the campus of the University of Pittsburgh. It was Sunday. Summer vacation for the university has began. There were few people around and I had the campus to myself.
I felt real nostalgia for the buildings where I had studied as an undergraduate writing major and then as a graduate student teaching writing just a few years ago.
Of course, this got me to thinking about flash fiction.
Recently, from my Twitter account I tweeted something like, Flash fiction is two stories: the stated and the implied story.
That tweet got retweeted.
When a tweet is retweeted, someone else must like what the tweet says so much that that person shares it with all of his or her followers. When this happens, suddenly hundreds of other people see your tweet, too. That’s the beauty of Tweeter.
While I was at the university I discovered that if I wrote a story without thinking too much about its length and then went back and started cutting it from the beginning and the end at the same time to a point just before it stopped making sense, that the story turned into another story. It turned into a story that implied much more than it did when I first wrote it. It was a brand new story. It was a flash fiction story.
Try that when you write your next flash fiction story. A good example of this technique is the flash fiction story Nude Massage.