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Write flash fiction or a short story. What is the difference you ask?

Well dreamstime_m_45072008not that much. Flash fiction often contains the classic story elements of: protagonist, conflict, obstacles or complications. They can have a sci-fi, fantasy, or horror element.

The short story focuses on one element: mood, character, setting, or a smooth blend of them all. It’s your choice. They don’t have to be plot driven. Write in the style and genre you are comfortable with and love. Short stories can be a little longer than flash fiction, but keep around 1,000 to 1,500 words.

A “vignette” is a word that originally meant “something that may be written on a vine leaf.” This image makes us think: small, special, delicate, and maybe private. It is usually one page long or shorter. The language can be simple or poetic. They often sound like a poem.

protagonist: Central figure(s) in a story or film.

genre: A literary genre is a recognizable and established category of written work, film, or music. Other popular genres for stories and fiction include: fantasy, where the supernatural exist (like Harry Potter and Twilight) and Chic-lit, (The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants.)

paradox: “A statement or expression so surprisingly self-contradictory that it provoke us into seeking another sense or context in which it would be true”.. .  challenges us to think a little harder. For example, “I can resist anything but temptation.” – Oscar Wilde

metaphor: a figure of speech when one kind of object or idea is used in place of another to suggest a likeness or analogy between them (as in drowning in money); means you have a lot of money. The Sean Mendez song Stitches’ has a line that reads “Words cut deeper than a knife,” is speaking figuratively (meaning words may feel like they cut deeper than a knife.)
…That’s it for now.

R.J. Garcia

Note: The above definitions are taken from Chris Baldick, The Concise Oxford Dictionary and the contents of my head.