Let’s talk flash fiction!
I love writing it and along the way I’ve discovered a lot more facets of my characters and even my books.
For me, flash fiction is short tales about my characters.
I started writing them after I sold the first Hex book, 50 Ways to Hex Your Lover.
I see it as something easy and fun to do since I have a pair of magickal bunny slippers that can get into more trouble than most creatures. Not to mention the witches and their guys.
My flash fiction pieces are short stories that wouldn’t make it into a book, usually outside the bounds for a book. Plus they give me a deeper look into their personalities. Some tales turn out more wild and twisted than others. There’s a reason why my friends call me evil and demented.
It takes a lot of pressure off a writer. You’re not worrying about deadlines, word counts, or what you’re doing to your characters. You’re just sitting there having fun with them and discovering little known facts about them along the way.
I have a lot of fun writing flash fiction. My internal editor takes a nap and I just let loose.
Thanksgiving dinner takes on a whole new persona when witchy Jazz tries to cook. Fangy bunny slippers, Fluff and Puff, get even with Jazz on Black Friday. Vampire Nick braves holiday shopping. Jazz and Nick put up a Christmas tree with hilarious results. The creatures go on vacation with me and even my agent took Fluff and Puff camping with her where the kids at the campground enjoyed participating in their adventures.
You can even incorporate ideas that you couldn’t use in your book. I have a character my editor never wants to see again. Yes, I see more flash fiction popping up.
Do the same. Have some wild out of the box fun with your characters. Throw them in a situation that your editor might say “you have got to be kidding!” and go for it. Use it as an additional outlet for your writing. Think about the enthusiasm you’ll drum up for your books.
If you’re curious about what I’ve written about my characters please visit my blog, http://linda-wisdom.blogspot.com.
Now, you didn’t think I’d let you sit there and just read this, did you? Tell me. Do you enjoy reading/writing flash fiction? Do you see it as another learning tool?
Understanding Your Characters Through Flash Fiction, presented by Linda Wisdom, runs from July 18, 2011 through July 31, 2011
Linda Wisdom has published more than 70 novels with 13 million copies sold worldwide including traditional, paranormal, humor, action/adventure romance and romantic suspense. Her bestselling books have been nominated for Romantic Times awards and the Romance Writers of America Rita Award, and recently won the 2009 RT Book Reviews Career Achievement award for Best Indie Press Contemporary Paranormal with Hex in High Heels. She lives with her husband in Murrieta, California.
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