Flash Fiction: Day One

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For the next three weeks, our focus will be on writing fiction.

This week, we will be focusing specifically on flash fiction as a brainstorming tool.

Next week, we’ll use mini lessons to write a rough draft.

The following week, we’ll revise, edit, and post.

Then, it’s time for spring break!


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?


Take your favorite six-word story and consider how you could develop it into a longer piece. How could you expand on the plot and develop the characters?


This Friday, you will have to make a decision. What piece of flash fiction will be the inspiration behind a short story or novel that write an excerpt for? You will spend all week creating flash fiction, but Friday will be the day you share your inspiration (one piece of flash fiction) on your blog for your readers. Brainstorm thoughtfully this week!




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