- You can conjure up a whole new world in very few words, yet still give a good insight as to its make-up in the words you do use to tell your story. For example: It was normal for executions to be carried out just after lunch on a Friday. This tells you at once about the penal system on this world and also implies something not normal by that world's standards is about to happen.
- Flash fiction is to the point (and forces the writer to be! Not a bad thing that!). There is no room for waffle.
- By creating several flash stories all set on the same world or with the same characters (or both), you can build up that world and characters for your readers.
- Flash fiction by its nature encourages a good pace in the stories.
- The title of a flash fiction piece has to convey a good sense of what the story is about and I think has to "work harder" than say a title for a longer story. With the longer piece, the writer literally has room to expand. Given every word has to count in a flash piece, the title needs to convey some of the story without using up too much of the word count.
- If you want an "instant" story, flash is the option to choose!
- Flash can also show a flash of mood and this can be great when you wouldn't necessarily want to write or read a longer story that is all melancholy, sad, bitter or what have you. I see this as the literary equivalent of having an expresso - you don't want too much of the stuff!
I'm Allison Symes and write fairytales with bite, especially novels and short stories.