Monday, February 17, 2014

Twitter, Drabble and Flash Fiction

Do you know the difference?

Twitter Fiction

Twitter fiction is among the most challenging to write because you're limited to 140 characters. That may seem like a lot when you're just mentioning what you are going to have for dinner, but when you're trying to tell a story, it is extremely restrictive. Twitter stories often leave a lot to the reader's imagination. They can also draw on common knowledge such as myths, history, and well-known stories to convey a tale with very few words.

Try a search on Terse Tales


A drabble is a story exactly 100 words long. Writing to a precise word length is difficult and makes you really weigh every word. (The big question to consider is do you count the title when doing a word count, I don't, although other writers may feel differently. The online magazine 100 Word Story publishes drabbles (and they don't include the title as part of the count.)

Flash Fiction is a style of fictional literature or fiction of extreme brevity. There is no widely accepted definition of the length of the category. Some self-described markets for flash fiction impose caps as low as six words, while others consider stories as long as a thousand words to be flash fiction.

Check out the free online magazines 100 Word Story, Metazen1000 Words and Vestal Review.

If you are interested in writing flash fiction why not get involved in National Flash Fiction Day? A new 

Micro–Fiction competition is open for entries at;

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