Tuesday’s #FridayFlash Favorites (2010/06/29)

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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. This week, I reran a story I had written over a year ago, about a man who learns to find romance. This story breaks 5 of the 10 Flash-fiction rules that I usually follow, but it still works. (Just another demonstration that most rules are best used as tips to serve you, not strictures to bind you.)

Of the rest of the stories that were posted last Friday, here are my…

#FridayFlash Favorites for June 25

Of 109 stories posted Friday (including the 86 that made it onto the official #FridayFlash Report for June 25), 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. (And scene divisions stop the flow, which is usually a bad idea in flash.) 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!
-TimK

About J. Timothy King
J. Timothy King

I'm the eldest of three siblings, a stay-at-home father of two daughters, the husband of a wonderful wife, and an indie author of life-expanding character fiction. When not writing, I read, watch old TV and movies, play bass guitar, and tend to my family in our Boston-area apartment.

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Comments

I’m incredibly chuffed and honoured that you chose my debut Friday Flash “The Shades of Chawton” as a favourite. Thanks so much!

I’ll have to keep going with this Friday Flash lark now. 😉

Thank you very much for selecting my whimsical tale. How in the world do you manage to read every single flash posted? I’m astounded!

J. Timothy King

Jane, if you do post another #FridayFlash, I’d be honored to read it.

Anna, I’ll have to post on how I read every single #FridayFlash. The short answer is that I don’t. I look at every one, but on most of them my eyes glaze over within the first couple of paragraphs, as my brain turns to jelly. In frustration, I ask myself, “Why do I care?!” And then I skip to the next story. Occasionally, however, I’ll run across a story that captures my attention. These are the real candidates, the stories I actually read through, which might become one of my favorites.

-TimK

Well, it still must take time to load ’em all up. I hear you on the glazing-eyes part, and am happy to think at least one of my stories didn’t make that happen to you!

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