Writing flash fiction is like taking a glimpse at the night sky and seeing a falling star. We don’t need a special map, a course in astronomy, or hours spent waiting for the attraction. It simply happened, and we are entertained in a flash.
Flash fiction is a burst of story that has a beginning, middle, and ending.
And the reader can almost hold her breath while reading it. Of course the writer would rather the reader gasp and cheer and cry and be utterly thrilled because the bolt of delight is filled with powerful emotions.
Much like a novel with a lovable character who has a problem to solve.
But flash fiction has one huge advantage. It’s a short spark of creation, similar to a scene in a novel that the reader never wants to forget.
What does every scene in a novel and flash fiction need?
A sympathetic character who is in desperate need to solve a problem or answer a question. From the first sentence, the reader is on the character’s side.
Remember that problem? It wasn’t as easy as our character thought. Stuff, not fun stuff, keeps getting in the way of success. The character is determined and refuses to give up.
A high stake
The character learns something new and it makes moving forward nearly impossible. Everything changes and it’s hard.
The story reaches a suspenseful peak where the character must use everything she’s learned to overcome the biggest hurdle of all.
The character met our expectations. Breathing time, and the reader is still applauding the character.
For a Splickety story, all the writer needs is an incredible imagination, great skills, and 1000 words. Here are the guidelines.
What’s stopping you?
It’s not too late to learn the secrets of publishing flash fiction and more–from industry experts like Splickety’s own Editor-in-Chief, Ben Wolf, Havok Associate Editor, Kristen Stieffel, and Web Content Editor, Lindsey Brackett, as well as Dennis Hensley, writer, keynote speaker, and friend to Splickety. Join us for the Florida Christian Writers Conference February 22-26, 2017 at the Lake Yale Conference Center!
Meet the Author
DiAnn Mills is a bestselling author who believes her readers should expect an adventure. She combines unforgettable characters with unpredictable plots to create action-packed, suspense-filled novels.
Her titles have appeared on the CBA and ECPA bestseller lists; won two Christy Awards; and been finalists for the RITA, Daphne Du Maurier, Inspirational Readers’ Choice, and Carol award contests. Library Journal presented her with a Best Books 2014: Genre Fiction award in the Christian Fiction category for Firewall.
DiAnn is a founding board member of the American Christian Fiction Writers; a member of Advanced Writers and Speakers Association; International Thriller Writers, and the Faith, Hope, and Love chapter of Romance Writers of America. She is co-director of The Author Roadmap with social media specialist Edie Melson where she continues her passion of helping other writers be successful. She speaks to various groups and teaches writing workshops around the country.
DiAnn has been termed a coffee snob and roasts her own coffee beans. She’s an avid reader, loves to cook, and believes her grandchildren are the smartest kids in the universe. She and her husband live in sunny Houston, Texas.
DiAnn is very active online and would love to connect with readers on any of the social media platforms listed at www.diannmills.com.