The value of Flash Fiction to improve your writing #writing #flashfiction #Dumas

Writing exercises like the popular Flash Fiction memes are valuable in honing your craft as a writer.

starbucks chair

My used chair was undoubtedly city issue,  handpicked from salvage, the “stylish” metal  lacked any semblance of comfort. The seat was ripped and the stuffing exuded stale urine reflecting many tenuous nights at the station. It’s last home was  the interrogation room in one of the crime or homicide divisions. This was the city’s welcoming card…

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There was no need for my psychic abilities to tell where my metal chair, with the stuffing erupting from the seat, originated from. The stale urine spoke of pounding nights of interrogations; when the interrogators could no longer tolerate the stench, it was pitched into the wire caged, salvage area just waiting for me.

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My new chair, used city issue probably hand picked from salvage, very stylish, metal, an uncomfortable chair, the seat ripped and the stuffing coming out and smelled like stale urine. Its last home was an interview room in one of the divisions. (from the original unedited text)

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If you are serious about writing, you can benefit from writing flash fiction. Flash Fiction memes are wonderful places to exercise your writing ability and are available for all writing levels. The premise behind the Flash Fiction exercise is as follows: you are given a set number of words to create a theme, main character, and a resolution to the plot. Some memes give a prompt while others allow the writer to create his own theme. I have participated in flash fiction memes from 160 characters to 100 words; there are longer micro-fiction memes that allow 1000 words to develop and conclude a fictional piece. Regardless of the number of words you are alotted, the exercise challenges the writer to be concise yet descriptive.

The two examples that I have included for this article are each 55 words and are based on an edit I did for an author of crime/suspense fiction. Sometimes writers are so busy with the details that they overlook the descriptive aspect of writing. As a voracious reader of classical literature, my senses come alive by the words that teem with inspiration.

Read these 57 words so deftly crafted by the masterful hand of Alexandre Dumas:

The commissary took
up an iron mallet and knocked thrice, every blow seeming to
Dantes as if struck on his heart. The door opened, the two
gendarmes gently pushed him forward, and the door closed
with a loud sound behind him. The air he inhaled was no
longer pure, but thick and mephitic, — he was in prison.

~The Count of Monte Cristo (1844)

by Alexandre Dumas (excerpt from Chapter 8)

Here’s a challenge – take 55 words and use them well!

Photograph:” Starbuck’s Chair” ~L. Moon copyright 2012

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Sequence of Dawn #photography #iphone

Dawn: you break open my world, give me warmth for a new day

give me a path to place my feet and shine a light in an otherwise

dark existence…


Can’t blame the diet!!!! #flashfiction

“Isn’t it great? This new diet promises I will see results in days.”

“But are you sure that you should eat 2500 bananas in one…? “

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” No doctor I don’t speak gorilla!”

Thanks to my friend Monkey Man who hosts a weekly Flash Fiction in 160 Characters!!!

Thanks Nanette Turner for the photograph http://www.flickr.com/photos/brokersaunders/5221169428/

God Molded A Child #mothersday

a bit of laughter

a touch of spunk

He mixed in some boy

with some other stuff

and last he added

a handful of love

this boy was sent

~a gift from God above

A tribute to all mothers who have big boys, little boys, and  oh those girls!  We cherish each day we see our child’s smiles and the miles of tears we shed – all in a day’s work.

no place to run … #flashfiction

Stranded – no place to run

These infernal crop dusters won’t leave me in peace.

How am to do my job if they won’t leave me alone??

Where is a pest to roam?


This flash fiction is the “answer” to my Friday Flash Fiction. If you get a chance, read the full sequence. Thanks to Monkey Man who each week gives us the opportunity to hang out at his place and write fiction in 160 characters – it can be done!

The Message is Gone – Flash fiction

He carefully forms his message in the sand

Shells in a heart shape emphasizing

Love ~ devotion

An unexpected wave crashes

Everything at that moment for her is

GONE

 

Each week Monkey Man hosts flash fiction in 160 characters. Like writing a tweet – it takes some doing to convey thought in so few words. Come join the fun!

Redeyed Rich http://www.flickr.com/photos/richu/3301432560

Interplanetary Fireworks #flashfiction

The stars brilliantly stayed in line.

Planets knew their place.

It was time for the interplanetary firework display

The Leonids put all earthly pyrotechnics to shame!

Thanks to Tune Tezel for the awesome shot of the Leonid shower

Thanks Monkey Man for the weekly Flash Fiction in 160 characters show.

The Power to Rap #FlashFiction


( this is over 160 – don’t mess wit me)

Hear my stic  ‘bout knights of old

Tales foretold

but have u heard one

rarely laid down

Dis is bout a knight’s dayz off

he don’t fight

takes it downtown

the man is gettin down

rappin man is quite a fool

but boyz the ladies think he’s cool

Thanks to my friend Sean Vessey who keeps bailing me out of writing dilemmas. I think this is more his than mine. Join us, each Monday, as we begin The Quest of Titan our  endeavor in writing a novel in “duet” form.

Monkey Man is the fun and crazy weekly host of the fast and furious Flash Fiction. Why Flash? It’s over before you have begun. In 160 characters, there is nothing more than blinking that occurs.

Credit to creative Commons and Alyssa Tomfohdre for the Photograph

http://www.flickr.com/photos/photosbyalyssa/4671431905

Let’s Play a Little Jazz (#microfiction)

No more trills

have had enough of that

this Gavotte

is sounding rather flat

*

Music I simply adore

but please mon conductor

can we add some pizzazz

and lighten up with Jazz

 

Needless to say in a house filled with musicians – it’s nice to have some variety.

Thanks to Monkey Man for hosting Flash Fiction each week.

The photo prompt is from Willow who each week hosts Magpie Tales

Winter Sunset #flashfiction

Captivated by the warmth of your light.

Waves scintillate with your tropical colors.

You lavish the last of your rays on my upturned face

on this bright winter day.

*****

I am spoiled to live in this world with the sea

The waves roar in my heart

The breeze plays with my hair

The coast is beauty~ a daily  work of art

Picture: Taken this week on a drive down Highway 1

Thanks to Monkey Man for hosting his fast and furious rendition of Flash Fiction. What can you write in 160?

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