There are many definitions for flash fiction. I looked it up and the first thing I found said:
a style of literature in which stories are extremely short and often consist of less than 300 words
Three hundred words! I see that as more micro fiction but I’m pretty wordy so I could be wrong. Several sites that publish flash fiction take submissions that are 500-1000 words. I am working on a course that says 500 words. I guess I think anything under 1000 works.
Using a fantasy prompt I wrote a piece last night that was intended to be flash fiction, in this case, under 500. In the end, before any editing, it was 1075. I also wrote a few questions for myself that I suspect, when answered, will up the word count considerably. Now I’m not sure what I should do with it. I could answer my questions and write whatever else comes to me and let it be a short story. I could cut away at it and force it down to five hundred. For all I know there could be thousands of words in my head waiting to spill out for it. Since I’m trying to work on getting good at flash fiction the logical side of me says to pare it down. The other side says not to restrict myself. I may have to put that story aside for now to let it finish cooking in my brain!
For those of you who write flash fiction, I have two questions
- What would you do in a case like this?
- What is your take on the definition of flash fiction?
I’m sure a lot of you would not have used a fantasy prompt but I’m trying to challenge myself. Also since I normally write fantasy, I have a hard time coming up with ideas for non-fantasy fiction, short or long. If you are curious, the prompt I used was:
Your character finds dragon bones in a cave. What happens when he/she picks them up?
Any suggestions are welcome!