Saturday, October 08, 2011

Flash Fiction and Enlargement of Readers

Clifton Fadiman wrote: "When you reread a classic, you do not see more in the book than you did before, you see more in you than there was."

The above quote also applies to great flash fiction. The best work enlarges the careful reader and the work itself won't suffer from further exploration nor from several re-readings. I often like to do a thorough story analysis of a great short-short and I find that the richer the piece, the more words and thoughts it pulls from my own mind. It often brings out more of me than I knew even existed. My next blog I hope to list some of my very favorite flash fiction pieces. I hope any readers will tell me some of their own favorites, too.

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There's nothing quite like a good and satisfying work of flash fiction.

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At 10:55 AM, Blogger Maria Papadopoulou said...

Hi there,

I started a flash fiction competition in my blog. Deadline is October 20 and the winner will win $10 via paypal!
Here is the link to my blog:

At 1:11 PM, Blogger The Veracious Wordsmith said...


I just started reading your blog and I am really enjoying it. I have also subscribed to your newsletter and look forward to reading it.

I have recently become very interested in flash fiction and have posted a piece that I wrote on my blog. This is the first time I wrote anything of this sort and I was wondering if you could check it out, since you are so knowledgeable about this form of fiction.

Below is the link to my blog.... I hope you check it out and congratulations on your successful workshops.


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