#FridayFlash Favorites (2010/06/15)

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Each Friday, writers post on twitter a link to a short-short story they’ve written, marked with the tag #FridayFlash. Mine this week was an experiment in conflict, a story about a character who thinks she’s dreaming the future. Of the others that were posted, here are my…

#FridayFlash Favorites for June 11

Out of 100 stories posted this week (of which 74 were listed on the #FridayFlash Collector), here are my 9 favorites, listed in no particular order.

Note: To be selected as one of my #FridayFlash Favorites, the post must be a genuine flash story, not a chapter in a longer piece, a series of one-paragraph vignettes, or anything else. It should have a beginning (conflict), a middle (thickening), and an end (resolution). Not necessarily a happy ending (though I do enjoy happy endings), but whatever conflict the story introduces at the beginning, it must resolve at the end. No fair building up suspense and then stopping in the middle of the story, just so you don’t have to figure out how to save the hero in 1,000 words or less; that’s cheating. The story should also be a single scene, because multi-scene flash usually does too much “telling” and doesn’t “show” enough to engage me in the story. While I do browse Twitter for #FridayFlash posts, the best way to get me to read yours is to put it on the #FridayFlash Collector. I judge posted stories according to my own preferences; your mileage may vary.

Till next week, and…

Keep writing!


7 responses to “#FridayFlash Favorites (2010/06/15)”

  1. Stephen Watkins Avatar

    Wow, I’m glad you liked my story! I was intrigued by yours, but couldn’t put my finger on what was off about it, so didn’t comment. Just went back and reread your explanation of the conflict issue, and it was quite an interesting take on the subject.

  2. J. Timothy King Avatar

    Hi, Stephen. Thanks for the comment. What I liked about your story was how you cast your main character. Thanks for sharing. -TimK

  3. Leah Petersen Avatar

    Wow! I’m glad you liked “Theo”. There are some great stories there. I’m honored.

  4. […] surprise this past Tuesday when I discover that my short story, Theo, had been chosen as on the the week’s favorites in twitter #flashfriday by J. Timothy King on his blog, Be The […]

  5. T.S. Bazelli Avatar

    Thank you Tim! I’m honored to be on your list! I only stumbled on it now 🙂

  6. Aidan Fritz Avatar

    I feel privileged to be included in the company above. This is a nice list you keep.

  7. J. Timothy King Avatar

    Thanks for your kind words, Tessa and Aidan. I was happy to include your stories. Keep writing! -TimK

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