What Is? Wednesday

My idea for Words For Wednesday-Crime Words didn’t seem too popular, so I’m going to try something a little different. What Is? Wednesday. I’ll be sharing a variety of definitions, explanations and photos that explain what something is, usually with a literature or “readerly” angle. Should be something of interest for all readers…eventually! Today we’re starting with…

Flash Fiction!

Flash fiction is a fictional work of extreme brevity that still offers character and plot development. Identified varieties, many of them defined by word count, include the six-word story, the 280-character story (also known as “twitterature“), the “dribble” (also known as the “minisaga“; 50 words), the “drabble” (also known as “microfiction“; 100 words), “sudden fiction” (750 words), flash fiction (1,000 words), nanotale, and “micro-story“. (definitions credited to Wikipedia)

Do you have a favorite piece of short fiction? Tell us about it in the comments below!

3 thoughts on “What Is? Wednesday

  1. I am a fan of flash fiction.
    It requires a surprising amount of skill and discipline.
    One of my favourites (attributed to Hemingway I think) reads
    For Sale. Wedding Dress. Never worn.
    And I defy you not to fill in thousands of ‘missing’ words for yourself.


  2. “For sale. Baby shoes. Never used” is the Hemingway story. The wedding dress never worn was the entre line of a chick lit mystery romance where a reporter who works the want ads section of the paper follows the ad placement to see what happened. She hopes her reporting will finally lead to landing a position in the news room.


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