Flash fictions: key words and after-images, on Booktopia


On the Booktopia blog today, I discuss flash fiction and short fiction; my own and others’ stories, intentions and possibilities. Here’s an extract:

In a short story, every word must count. What is left out is as important as what is left in. The writer must create and maintain a particular tone, or mood, and create a piece that feels whole (not a fragment) but that may evoke much outside its confines. With my own very short stories (also called flash fictions or microfictions), I want the characters, images, themes to live long in the reader’s mind. I want them to have some impact.

You might compare a very short story to a complex painting – a narrative-based painting – where the symbols nestled in the setting and upon the figures work together to not only suggest a particular story but hopefully move you to feel something, something you may not even fully, consciously comprehend.

I hope you enjoy reading the rest.

6 thoughts on “Flash fictions: key words and after-images, on Booktopia

  1. Hi Angela, I just came across this post – I not sure if you remember me from Twitter, it’s been a while. So great to see you have published a collection of flash fiction! This is my area of research for my PhD, so I’ll definitely be grabbing your book! Congratulations!

    • Thank you! Sounds like there’s probably a lot I could learn from you as well! Are you looking mainly at contemporary writers and publications? Or are you going back to Kafka, Woolf, Hemingway, Carver etc.? Great topic for a PhD.

      • I’m looking at contemporary. Actually I’m hoping to sign up to you workshop in July (if it isn’t full yet), to hear what you have to say about Kafka and Woolf (in particular), because I have only read about them in passing.

  2. It’d be great to see you there 🙂 I look at contemporary stuff also. And it’s quite interactive.

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