Some novelists write short stories to take a break from their novels. I haven’t written any novels yet (though one is hopefully in the works soon…), so, in an equivalent move this summer, I wrote some flash fiction to take a break from my stories.
Some people have asked me what flash fiction is. Usually it’s defined as a story shorter than 1,000 words, although some flash fiction sites demand less than 500. The genre seems to have gained a lot of popularity in this age of sound bytes and short attention spans. I don’t enjoy writing flash fiction as much as stories, but there is something gratifying about finishing a discrete piece of writing, and finishing it quickly. You can write a flash in one or two days, whereas a story can take months.
So perhaps it’s exciting to say that my first piece of flash fiction has been accepted by Apocrypha and Abstractions, a review dedicated to stories under 500 words. The piece, which is sort of odd–I think of it as a dark humor piece–will come out in March 2015.