The A to Z Challenge asks bloggers to post 26 articles on a themed topic. It’s supposed to be every day except Sundays during the month of April but I did this last year, found it way to busy for the likes of me, and decided to post mine ‘about’ once a month. Yes, it’ll take me a couple of years. Sigh.
My topic, like the last two times I did the conventional approach, will be writing genres.
tells a story in 300 words or less; a subset of flash fiction and similar to Twitter novels. Here’s an example:
My One Day at the Donut Factory
“Holes. You were supposed to make holes in them.”
- Look at your prose and determine what’s essential and what isn’t; what’s redundant and what isn’t.
- The key to microfiction is efficiency of text. Don’t tell less of a story, and don’t summarize the story. Make careful word and phrase choices.
- There should be a hook, and a sense that something important happens.
- Start in the middle. You don’t have time in this very short form to set scenes and build character.
- Don’t use too many characters.
- Make sure the character grows from start to end.
- Make sure the ending isn’t at the end.
- Write a great title–spend time on it.
- Make your last line an extraordinary hook.
- Write a long story and shorten it to 300 words.
- Lydia Davis’ stories
- With One Wheel Gone Wrong by A.M. Homes
- Her Number by Antonya Nelson
- A collection of 20 — entertaining, mostly humorous
More M Genres:
Jacqui Murray is the author of the popular Building a Midshipman, the story of her daughter’s journey from high school to United States Naval Academy, the Rowe-Delamagente thrillers, and the Man vs. Nature saga. She is also the author/editor of over a hundred books on integrating tech into education, adjunct professor of technology in education, an Amazon Vine Voice, a columnist for NEA Today, and a freelance journalist. Look for her next prehistoric fiction, Against All Odds, Fall 2020. You can find her tech ed books at her publisher’s website, Structured Learning