A Handbook for Learning how to Write Flash Fiction

Flash fiction is written in as few as six words to as many as one thousand words. The length is contingent upon the requirements of a particular publication or the whim of the writer. But whatever the cause or the reason, it’s a great way to hone your skills and tighten up your writing.

I just finished reading a great handbook on how to write flash fiction called Brevity: a flash fiction handbook written by David Galef. Each chapter of the book discusses various components of literature like fables, diaries, anecdotes, and poetry and how they relate to writing flash fiction. Within each chapter is a description of what types of things can be written accompanied by examples of stories by various writers.

Aside from the stories and examples, there are suggested exercises to try as well. Although you can read the book from beginning to end, it would be best to treat it like a handbook and test out the various styles and areas to see where your interests and skills lay.

If you write flash fiction and want to learn more about it, or if you’re new to the world of short fiction, Brevity just might be the book to get you started on the path to writing great flash fiction.