Saturday 15th June was a celebration of fleeting moments and the shortest stories. National Flash Fiction Day only came to my attention this year, having begun in 2012 but it was wonderful to celebrate with colleagues and students at The Writers’ Block.
Exploring short fiction means having to distil language to the bare essentials to communicate exactly what you mean. It’s a challenge for me, even though I mostly write haiku. I love to play around with short fiction and come up with the most concise ways of expressing myself.
Learning to express yourself succinctly has benefits even when trying to write a longer piece. It’s harder to express an idea briefly in many cases than it is to write an extended piece.
Through stories about waiting and protest poetry, we ensured that our celebration of National Flash Fiction Day went off with a bang, and I for one am already looking forward to next year.