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|Wednesday May 22, 2013|
|Flash Fiction and Short-Shorts|
|By Terry Burns|
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Another program focused on very short fiction. That presenter said we had all seen one shoe lying by the side of the road.
We were to tell the story of that shoe in 1000 words or less. We did and mine again found rapid publication.
I recognized a wet towel when it slapped me in the face. I began to research the market and found things of interest to other writers.
The first revelation was seeing that writing the shorter works is excellent for the development of any writer's technique. Mark Twain said, "The difference between the almost right word and the right word is the difference between the lightning bug and lightning."
It's easy to convey an idea with unlimited words to work with, but lengthy exposition can be death on a longer work, and there simply isn't room for it in the short pieces. One of the best tools for learning to control exposition is writing the short works, the shorter the better. So it's good for streamlining writing, does a market really exist for it?
Writer's Digest publishes a list of 50 fiction markets annually. Christian writers can find a list of such markets in Sally Stuarts Christian Market guide. Good SF markets are listed at Ralan's Webstravaganza or quite a nice list of markets at Writer's Write. These are just samples of what an online search can produce on fiction markets.
Speaking of online, that's another source driving this area. There are now quite a number of E-zines that use short fiction, and many of them have substantial readership bases.
As in the print medium there are both paying and nonpaying markets and again, an online search for the keywords fiction, short stories or magazines can turn up more possibilities than one could possibly pursue.