ENG 1D: Short Fiction

After reading an incredible short story, we will experiment with a form of writing called flash fiction.

Though flash fiction has a  few variations, we will work with the premise that the story can be no longer than 55 words. I know this can be a real challenge; of course, this is why I am making you try it. If you can’t think of a story option, you can try writing a 55 word version of Lather, That’s All.

For this to work, we need to concentrate on the three classic elements of storytelling: plot, setting, and action:

Plot: developing a plot in 55 words is a real challenge. At the very least, make sure you have some element of conflict; the conflict does not have to be resolved.

Setting: The story needs to take place somewhere. Give us context, but be brief.

Action: Someone (or something) needs to act. Given the word limitations, you need to keep the actions rather simple. As you write, think about the nature of the actions; sometimes subtle actions carry more weight.

The Twist: Something needs to happen in the last line or two that changes the tone or meaning of the story.


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