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Tales in your pocket: simple tips to compose flash fiction

David Gaffney: ‘we as soon as took away the final two sentences of an account and left a web page that is blank’ Photograph: Christopher Thomond for the Guardian

I t’s National Flash Fiction Day on Wednesday – the very first one ever – and it is an exciting time for me personally and many more who specialise in this specific truncated type of prose. a couple of years back, we published a guide of flash fiction called Sawn-off Tales. But until only a while that is little that, we hadn’t been aware of flash fiction or micro-fiction or sudden fiction or short-short tales. Then, on poet Ian McMillan’s suggestion, we parcelled up a manuscript made entirely for this stuff and delivered it to Salt Publishing, a poetry professional. Fifty-eight tales, each precisely 150 terms very long. The chances had been completely against me personally. No body would like to publish quick tales, minimum of most by an unknown. And tales that took a shorter time to see rather than suppress a sneeze? I happened to be chancing it, We knew.

We begun to create these ultra-short stories – sawn-off tales, them– when I was commuting from Manchester to Liverpool: as I call

a 50-minute journey, usually elongated by windscreen-wiper failure, battles in the train, or getting stuck behind the “stopper”. (more…)