How to Write Flash Fiction

5 steps to creating a satisfying short story

So, how do we get a complete and entertaining story into such a tiny word count?

“The code is more what you’d call ‘guidelines’ than actual rules.” — Captain Hector Barbossa

Guidelines

These are all traditional storytelling elements that create a solid structure for any length of tale. If you can use the above, you’re on your way to having a satisfying, complete story.

So, where to start? Here’s the five-step process.

Giving yourself a word count limit might be a pain in the butt BUT it’s worth sticking to. It will make you hone to the bone and consider every word choice.

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