This book is worthy of a collegiate classroom, my friend. If you have any inclination toward writing flash, read this. Published by Rose Metal Press, Writing Flash Fiction is edited by Tara L. Masih, also author of Where the Dog Star Never Glows, an award winning collection of her work. She's received glowing commendations by USA Book News, PublishersWeekly.com, San Francisco Book Review, and more.
Field Guide to Writing Flash Fiction has won its own list of commendations.
- A 2009 ForeWord Book of the Year
- #3 on Small Press Distributions' 2010 bestseller list
- A NewPages.com New & Noteworthy Book, May 2009
- A recommended nonfiction book, Poets & Writers' Summer 2009 reading list
- An Amazon.com Top-100 literary reference book
- A Fiction Writers Review Favorite Anthology for 2009
For example, Sherrie Flick speaks of her obstacles in "Flash in a Pan, Writing Outside of Time's Boundaries". She recalls butting heads with her college professor about tiny stories being legitimate. He held up her piece by a corner, as if dirty, and announced to the class "This is not a story." For years such short works were called prose poems. Then Sherrie goes on to talk about what she loves about flash, one main point being the ability to forget plot, abandon time lines, and write liberally.
Steve Almond writes the chapter entitled "Getting the Lead Out, How Writing Really Bad Poetry Yields Really Better Short Stories." Took him a couple of years to come to his conclusion, but you'll love his exercise and example in his chapter. He tells you to turn a project into a poem. Once done with it, remove the line breaks and see what type of prose you have. Amazingly with little effort, you have a cool piece of flash.
Each chapter has a flash fiction exercise, and because flash is so short, each chapter has an example to drive home the point. If you've ever written flash, read flash or just thought about what flash fiction really is, pick up this book. It's tight, exciting, and instantly gratifying in that you'll reach the end and feel a thousand percent more qualified to write some fantastic flash.