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 found it way too 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, is writing genres.
fiction that is only a few pages or even a few paragraphs, forcing writers to fit the entire plot, character development, setting, and all other fiction details into 500-1000 words. Also known as micro-fiction, sudden fiction, Twit-fic, Drabble, Twabble, short-short stories, and others.
- Like poetry in the sense that every word and phrase must be pithy and concise
- Your story must have conflict.
- Your story must have complete character arcs.
- Story must be very short. It may be as short as 100 words.
- Think of quick fiction as a cousin to poetry.
- “The real key to microfiction is efficiency of text. You don’t need to tell less of a story, and you don’t need to summarize the story. You need to make careful word and phrase choices that are able to paint vivid pictures and imply more than their brevity would suggest.”–the Lit Reactor
- It must have a beginning, middle, and end.
- It must have character development–they grow.
- Choose a good title. This is more important in quick fiction than most other fictions.
- Pick character names that say much more (so you don’t have to write it). Like Scrooge does.
“Don’t write bad microfiction. It’s far too easy to make a whole lot of it and the world will crumble under the weight of it all. Don’t be the a**h*le who triggers the apocalypse. Take your time and write something people might actually want to read.–the Lit Reactor (she’s great)
- It’s Pot Luck When You Move Into A Unit, by Libby Sommer
- Any quick fiction by Lydia Davis
- The Blind Man by Kate Chopin
- You’re An Ugly Crier by Megan Giddings
- Here’s a list of what’s considered the best.
More about Quick Fiction
For a good overview, check out Libby Sommer’s blog post.
More Q 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, blog webmaster, an Amazon Vine Voice, a columnist for NEA Today, and a freelance journalist on tech ed topics. Look for her next prehistoric fiction, Against All Odds, Summer 2020. You can find her tech ed books at her publisher’s website, Structured Learning