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Today’s post can be found at http://magicalwords.net, the group blog on the business and craft of writing fantasy that I maintain with fellow authors Faith Hunter, Misty Massey, A.J. Hartley, C.E. Murphy, and Kalayna Price, among others. The post is called “On Writing: Potpourri -- First Lines, Short Fiction, Dialogue,” and it is about different aspects of writing, with some emphasis on short stories. I hope you enjoy it.

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rymrytr
May. 8th, 2012 05:59 am (UTC)

Very informative article, thank you.


The part about the Short Story brings about a question. How short (in word count,) can a short story be? Is there a length that suddenly becomes Flash Fiction? Is there much value in Flash?

davidbcoe
May. 8th, 2012 03:29 pm (UTC)
Rymrytr, thanks for the comment; glad you liked the article. Flash fiction is a modern term for an old phenomenon. Hemingway wrote a six word short story: "For sale: baby shoes, never worn." That said, according to the Nebula Award categories established by the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA) a short story is between 1,000 and 7,499 words. At 7,500, stories become novelettes. I suppose below 1,000 you're in the flash fiction realm. Hope that helps.
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