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Flash fiction: Editor's Notes #321
September 02, 2020

It is the flash which appears,
the thunderbolt will follow.


In this issue:

1. Flash fiction
2. Tickled my funny bone
3. Interesting Web site
4. Writing prompt
5. My Covid-19 offer to you

1.Flash fiction
Those of us who write for children are not shocked by very short word counts. (Green Eggs and Ham has fifty words.) Even adult works can have extremely short word counts (under 2000 words). These are often called flash fiction.

Flash fiction is not the same as a short story in ways other than being much shorter. Details of characteristics of flash fiction are in the first Interesting Web site below.

This piece challenges you to consider writing flash fiction. Here are some reasons to give it a try:
  • It trains you to write tightly.
  • It forces focus.
  • It leads to creativity.
  • It pushes a writer toward more impactful language.
  • It is a way to introduce yourself to a potential market.
  • There is a paid market for flash fiction.

You may even collect a set of these short-short stories of your own to publish. I have a small forty-page collection by local writers and illustrators written to support a scholarship at a regional university. Each piece is exactly fifty-five words.

2.Tickled my funny bone
Why do they call it the novel coronavirus? It’s a long story….

3. Interesting Web sites
Two sites today. The first gets into some detail about different types of flash fiction and includes a list of places that buy flash fiction. The second is a collection of eleven pieces of flash fiction curated by a fan. They are quick reads and well worth the effort.

4. Writing prompt
Set a word count for yourself (the shorter the better). Write a story using exactly that number of words.

I’d love to see what you write.

5. My Covid-19 offer to you
Whether you have school-aged children or not, you are likely being impacted by plans to open schools. Because we know that being in close company with others increases the chance of infection, we are right to think twice about the contacts we have now that so many are being encouraged to raise the number of contacts they have. One good thing is that I can help you with your writing at a great physical distance. If you are ready for an editor, consider my Covid offer to you. Details below.

What follows is a copy and paste from issue number 309. It’s still in force for you and anyone you choose to tell about it.

Along with the health threat hanging over the world, we are facing a huge financial hit. I’ve decided one thing I can do is to make quality editing less expensive during this trying time.

For subscribers to Editor’s Notes and their friends, I am suspending the fee for the sample edit to anyone using the code EN19 until I cancel this offer. I intend to keep this offer open as long as the world is in crisis with Covid-19 and its aftermath, so watch this space. I will give a warning here before I pull this offer. You can submit your writing sample at Be sure to click the link below the heading "Promotion Code" to get to the special form for a free sample edit. If you find yourself at a form before clicking the special link, scroll slowly back up the page, and you should see the link for the code (EN19).

But it gets better…

When I return an edited writing sample, I include quotes for the full range of my editing services. Until further notice, I will give a true quote, but I will not charge writers the full amount. I am discounting my services 50% for subscribers to Editor’s Notes and their friends. I will give a warning here before I pull this offer.

Feel free to pass this offer along to any writing friends you think may be interested. As long as anyone uses the code, I’ll honour the offer.

This is what I can offer you in this time of crisis. I hope it encourages you as you face possible illness and financial uncertainty.

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