Flash Stories Must Still Be Stories

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There appears to be a misconception among some writers that a flash fiction story is too short to be anything but a scene. On the contrary, ALL fiction must tell a story. Legend has it that Earnest Hemmingway wrote this story: “Classified: Baby Goods. For sale, baby shoes, never worn.” This is a story. Of the characters, all off-camera, the ethereal antagonist, death, is perhaps the most real. And yet death is only there because we conjure him. Our mind imagines all the details: the child who never wore the shoes, the parent, bereft and hopeless, yet practical though their suffering. Do they sell the shoes for the money – pennies on the dollar? For closure? Ah, the theme…as personal as the details of the middle.

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