What if you could write a story with memorable characters, a worthwhile journey and impactful prose? The kind of story with sticking power, one leaves people talking about it afterwards and eager to share it with their friends? And what if you could do it in just a few thousand words?
… What if you could do it in just a few hundred words?
Ben Wolf, author/editor and founder of flash fiction magazine imprint Splickety, joins us on Writeratops to share his insight on powerful short fiction and how to write a story that’s small, but mighty!
My day-to-day work includes overseeing the production of three flash fiction magazines (Splickety, Havok, and Spark) as well as freelance writing and editing.
Quick and cohesive, for sure, but also complete. A lot of authors write short fiction that doesn’t have a definitive story arc and structure. A great short piece has a beginning, a middle, and an end (sort of a scaled-down 3-act structure), and within that frame, they have conflict that drives the plot, developed characters that we love and/or hate, tension, and everything else a novel would have–just in much smaller quantities.
Too much telling.
I really appreciate Ben taking time to visit the blog, and I hope you benefited from his great words of insight. Follow Ben on Facebook and Twitter to keep up with all of his adventures, and if you enjoyed this interview, how about dropping him a note to let him know?
January will feature an interview with Gillian Bronte Adams, author of the Songkeeper trilogy, where we’ll be talking about plotting a series — so stay tuned! (And if you haven’t already, don’t forget to sign up for my Email Club to claim your FREE “Fiction First Aid Kit”!)
As always, be inspired and Write On!