When a man starts out with nothing,
When a man starts out with his hands
Empty, but clean,
When a man starts to build a world,
He starts first with himself
And the faith that is in his heart-
The strength there,
The will there to build.
First in the heart is the dream-
Then the mind starts seeking a way.
His eyes look out on the world,
On the great wooded world,
On the rich soil of the world,
On the rivers of the world.
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
three hundred words, while others consider stories as long as a thousand words
to be flash fiction.
1. Start in the middle.
You don't have time in this very short form to set scenes and build
character. 2. Don't use too many characters.
You won't have time to describe your characters when you're writing
ultra-short. Even a name may not be useful in a micro-story unless it conveys a
lot of additional story information or saves you words elsewhere.
"The thrilling news did not come directly to Nancy Lee, but it came in little
indirections that finally added themselves up to one tremendous fact: she had
won the prize! But being a calm and quiet young lady, she did not say anything,
although the whole high school buzzed with rumors, guesses, reportedly
authentic announcements on the part of students who had no right to be making
announcements at all—since no student really knew yet who had won this year’s
But Nancy Lee’s drawing was so good, her lines so sure, her colors so bright
and harmonious, that certainly no other student in the senior art class at
George Washington High was thought to have very much of a chance. Yet you never
could tell. Last year nobody had expected Joe Williams to win the Artist Club
scholarship with that funny modernistic water color he had done of the
high-level bridge. In fact, it was hard to make out there was a bridge until
you had looked at the picture a long time. Still, Joe Williams got the prize,
was feted by the community’s leading painters, club women, and society folks at
a big banquet at the Park-Rose Hotel, and was now an award student at the Art
School—the city’s only art school."