A short story can have as big an effect on the reader as a longer one. Sometimes the emotion is greater because it’s so concentrated. Or perhaps the reader’s imagination has more room to breathe because the writer has room only for the essentials?
Flash fiction is even more of a challenge and I’m still very much learning here and watching how the big girls and boys do it. It’ll be fascinating to see how technology will bring smaller and smaller bites of storytelling to the reader.
Whether you’re writing five thousand words or fifty, I hope the resources listed on this page will help.
And, here are a few tips I’ve picked up along the way.
Research the potential market for your stories, rigorously. If it’s for a magazine, find out if they have submission guidelines and read at least two back issues of the publication to gauge the tastes of the readership and the editorial staff. Look at the adverts too, they’re another great way of working out who the magazine is aimed at.