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10 Great Flash Fiction Ideas

The most difficult thing for a creative writer about writing flash fiction is coming up with a good short story idea.

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What is flash fiction and why is it so difficult to write?  These two questions are at the heart of the dilemma faced by every writer who has tried to master the art of flash fiction.  Let there be no doubt that flash fiction is an art form.  You will find it all over the Internet.  There are dozens of print and online publications that publish flash fiction.  Editors and publishers love flash fiction because it saves space for ads.  An online search will even turn up paying markets for flash fiction.

So what is flash fiction?  There are many definitions for flash fiction.  Most of the definitions have to do with word length.  The best definition for flash fiction may be, “flash fiction is a significant event with closure.”

That’s it.  Using this definition a writer can write a 100-word story or a 1,000-word story and feel comfortable that the story is flash fiction.  The difficult part is coming up with an idea to write about.  Using the above definition of flash fiction a writer can write about any subject.  The writer can write about love, relationships, family, friends, sex, men, women or money.  It doesn’t matter as long as the subject matter fits into “a significant event with closure.”

Here are 10 significant events.  You probably can think of lots more.  How the events turns out (closure) is up to the writer.

  1. The beginning of a relationship
  2. The end of a relationship
  3. A birth
  4. A death
  5. A marriage
  6. A divorce
  7. Leaving home for the first time
  8. First love
  9. First job
  10. Any realization

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My blog is the Pittsburgh Flash Fiction Gazette

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5 Responses to “10 Great Flash Fiction Ideas”
  • Mary J McCoy Dressel
    July 26th, 2009 at 10:55 am

    I haven’t thought much about writing flash fiction, but after reading some of your stories, I think I will give it a try. Thanks for the suggestions, Guy!


  • Betty
    January 2nd, 2010 at 1:47 pm

    Flash fiction? All of this is new to me. I started blogging to vent, to rant about all the things I couldn’t say out loud to others.
    I haven’t really attempted to share my blog with others…too personal. But damn! Who knew I might find a new passion.

  • ramesh chandra mishra
    March 21st, 2010 at 12:13 am

    I am interested.10 points are very common buti instructive.iwould like to write flash. give me more please

  • audiomeleska
    February 13th, 2011 at 5:18 pm

    I consider myself to be in the earlier stages of learning story craft, but I keep thinking I need longer length stories. I need to try some flash fiction in the near future.

  • Macherie
    May 9th, 2011 at 4:18 pm

    Just browsing, its good to know other stuffs about writing

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