Flash Fiction: Day One

Daily Prompt #28: Rereading and Highlighting

You’ve got a lot of good writing in your notebooks at this point. Take some time now to read, highlight, and annotate your previous work.

When you’re done, write down your overall impressions of your writing so far and any ideas you want to further develop.

Take fifteen minutes to do this.

Now until Thanksgiving, our focus will be on writing fiction. This week, we will be focusing on flash fiction.

Why?  Because of its brevity, flash fiction requires you to write perfectly and precisely.  It’s a great way to fine tune your skills!

Today, we’ll look at six-word stories.   Here’s a classic example by Ernest Hemingway:

For sale: baby shoes, never worn.

In your notebooks, write down the “story” hidden inside this piece of flash fiction.

Let’s discuss.

Let’s look at a few more examples.

Now, write your own!


Trade notebooks.  Write your reactions to another person’s six-word story in his/her notebook.  What is the hidden story you see?


Now, for a chance to build our online writing community and have a little fun: post a six-word story on Twitter!  Use the hashtag #keskesflashfiction and I’ll retweet it.



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